What We're Reading, Week of 1/18

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IT Business Edge…
Evaluate Technologies with Remote Access in Mind

This post by Paul Mah discusses the new research from collaboration firm oneDrum, showing that many workers find themselves unable to work from home despite the fact that they are willing to do so. According to the survey, 61 percent of employees never work from home, even though 72 percent of SMBs allow it. One main reason for this was that work documents were not accessible outside of the office. Paul suggests that businesses gradually move toward teleworking, which can be achieved by evaluating new technologies with an eye toward facilitating it. Also, see our series of posts on how to rethink remote access.

The Security Catalyst…
Security from Scratch: Getting the Lay of the Land
Dennis Kurtz says that when building Security from Scratch, the challenge is in understanding the situation from the start. Once the team is identified/assembled, the focus shifts rapidly to getting a handle on the security posture of the organization. These are the areas Dennis considers his tactical review to understand what challenges lie ahead and to form a plan of action: Information Security Policy, Network/Perimeter Security Posture, SDLC Security Policies/Procedures/Practices and Applicable Compliance Requirements, Security Awareness. When checking for Network/Perimeter Security Posture,  Dennis recommends finding out if  remote access allowed and if so, how – VPN, SSH, nothing?

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