While it’s unlikely that permanent remote working will become a regular fixture in many of our lives as economies start to open up again, it wouldn’t be too optimistic to suggest that a hybrid working format will become more common.
However, whether you’re adopting a permanent remote working setup or taking a more flexible approach, one thing is certain: the castle-and-moat security model of old will be obsolete. Employees will be accessing IT resources—distributed across on-premise servers and private and public clouds—from anywhere and everywhere. And in a world where employees are logging in from anywhere, we can no longer offer them the traditional security ‘perimeter’.
For us at Nomidio, securing such diverse and distributed IT environments must start with the identity side of the coin, underpinned by the ‘Zero Trust’ philosophy. Zero Trust, by which we mean “trust nothing, verify everything,” helps act as the groundwork for the development of a modern security perimeter, one that can be practically drawn around each employee, from anywhere they log on.
Getting user authentication and authorisation right is a key component of the Zero Trust model, but password-only systems are notoriously weak in ensuring the right people have the correct access level to the right resources, all the while ensuring a seamless user experience.
By using our IDP service, users can store their biometric identifiers, such as a voice and face print, which we can then use to authenticate that person across any device they’re logging in from, no matter where they are in the world. We also combine the biometric check with additional ‘silent’ factors that increase security further. So, from a user’s perspective, all they need to do is speak and present their face and they’re in, from anywhere, ensuring they securely and easily access services whenever and wherever they want.
It also takes the pressure off security teams – Nomidio IDP can be easily integrated into your environment, whether set up for access to specific applications or across your network dovetailing with your existing Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.
More information on our IDP service and how it can help you secure your remote workforce can be found here.