Recommendations to ensure remote employees are secured in the face of
emergency or pandemic
DALLAS, May 12 /CNW/ -- While certainly not an everyday occurrence, how
will your organization maintain business continuity if external forces -- a
large-scale emergency, pandemic or natural disaster -- dictate your workforce
perform their responsibilities remotely? Does your corporate infrastructure
support employees working outside the network? And, importantly, does your
organization have a policy in place to secure this access in a time of crisis?
Via a number of affordable solutions, Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU), helps
maintain secure access to invaluable information and corporate resources to
keep your organization operational -- even during the unexpected.
"Organizations simply can't afford to suspend operations during
large-scale emergencies that dictate a region, city or workplace as unsafe,"
said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner. "While every precaution must be
made to ensure employee safety, organizations should revise their business
continuity plans to include policy to authenticate and secure remote employees
if such an unfortunate event ever occurs."
According to the U.S. Department of Treasury's 2007 FBIIC/FSSCC Pandemic
Flu Exercise, the overwhelming majority of medium (93 percent) and large
organizations (100 percent) are establishing work-at-home capabilities in the
event of a pandemic-scale event. The report found that 91 percent of the
participants said they would need to revise their existing business continuity
plans based on the results.
Should your organization be forced to deploy the majority of its
workforce remotely, unnecessary downtime can be avoided if the proper security
precautions are in place. For most companies, it's far too expensive to issue
each employee a high-priced, third-party hardware token for strong
authentication, particularly as a precaution for unknown events.
An affordable, proven approach is to deploy an interoperable enterprise
solution that offers a range of authenticators -- including more
cost-effective SMS soft tokens or display and grid cards -- and has the
versatility to secure diverse user populations who require varying levels of
If your employees don't have access to desktops or laptops, Entrust urges
organizations to implement solutions that also secure mobile devices such as
the RIM BlackBerry, Apple iPhone and other popular smartphone models.
The December 2008 Gartner, Inc., report "Best Practices in Wireless and
Mobile Security" found the best practice for mobile enterprise security is to
"treat mobile devices with the same care and caution as full workstations."
"Smartphones and PDAs are becoming more and more like PCs, with resulting
increases in functionality, convenience and security threats," stated by
Gartner, Inc., analysts John Girard and John Pescatore in the report. "These
security problems are made more acute by the fast-growing use of
consumer-owned devices for business purposes, increasing use of these devices
for data services and greater sharing of executables."
Regardless of your enterprise environment, Entrust can help provide
proven solutions that securely authenticate remote desktops, laptops and
mobile devices --enabling your organization to maintain operational
effectiveness during an unfortunate event, disaster, pandemic or emergency.
For more information on business continuity plans, specifically for
pandemic outbreaks, review the FFIEC's "Interagency Statement on Pandemic
Planning" found at http://www.ffiec.gov/press/pandemicguidance.pdf and the
U.S. Department of Treasury's After Action Report of the FBIIC/FSSCC Pandemic
Flu Exercise of 2007 obtainable via
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