Is Remote Working secure?

Written by Jonathan Hunt

12 Dec, 2018

That depends on the systems in place. For total security and safety of data, three things are needed:

  1. A secure origin
  2. A secure server to handle the data traffic
  3. A secure end point

This means your work office, the server through which you connect and your “away office” all need to be secure. As you can imagine, this is easier said than done.
To illustrate this, imagine that someone sent you a letter containing highly confidential information. The sender was sitting alone in the office with the door closed when it was written. The courier is super-reliable and never opens people’s letters while carrying them, and hand-delivers letters to the recipient no matter where they are in the world (let’s pretend the courier wears a red cape and can fly). Unfortunately, you are sitting in a coffee shop surrounded by people, and with cameras everywhere when you receive your letter. Opening the letter poses the risk of exposing your confidential information, not so? But what if the letter was written in a secret language that only you and the sender can understand? Then it would be perfectly safe for you to open and read the letter, wouldn’t it?
Similarly, Venom IT can help with securing your office (the sender) against data intrusions, and we provide a world-class cloud-hosted service (the courier) with banking-level security ratings (IL4) and military-grade encryption (2048-bit).
The real trick is securing the endpoint, or remote office, which is often beyond your or our control. To provide a secure solution, we implement what is known as a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that uses end-to-end encryption (the secret language) to ensure the safe transfer of your data back and forth, even if things in the remote office aren’t ideal.