Securing the Credit Union Network for Telecommuters
There’s no going back – the world has gone mobile. More and more financial institutions – credit unions included – are allowing employees to telecommute. Therefore, when securing your credit union’s network, you need to think that they are no longer just the small local area network inside your office, with one Internet access point.
Our networks are growing less well–defined, with more than one entry point and each access having a different level of trust. Securing this increasingly complex environment now takes some serious effort.
Solutions and Tips
There are several steps you can take to ensure higher security for this traveling data. First the most obvious thing to do is to not allow your users to connect to the VPN using their home computer. If you have telecommuters and are in a position to enforce this, ensure that they use an employer-issued laptop and that you have full control over what’s installed on it and how it’s configured. Also, have fully working, well-updated anti-virus and endpoint security on it.
Whether your telecommuters are working from home or on the road, there are some general considerations that are valid in all cases. One very good way to protect potential data loss is to encrypt it, either the entire disk or only certain file systems. The second option gives you more flexibility and allows recovery of the data – if the encrypted data is on a separate logical disk – should the operating system become corrupted. Either one is a good solution to ensure that the data cannot be stolen.