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Minimizing Network Security Risks While Working from Home

WFH is Here - Probably for Good

More companies are transitioning from working at the office to working from home — it’s a fact. What started as a short-term workaround in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, just might turn into a long-term or even permanent change as more workers get used to the freedoms and slashed commute times that working from home affords. 

Employees are not the only ones benefiting from this new normal of more employees working from home, companies are reaping rewards like lower overhead and increased productivity from employees.

Network Security Risks Involved in WFH

In the transition from the office to a home environment , laptops are now a major security risk to companies. Previously, most PCs and laptops rarely left company grounds. So, even if a device was misplaced, the chance of an outsider gaining access to the device, and thereby the entire network, was slim. Employees using laptops out of the office creates a high probability that a non-employee will have physical access to these off-site devices (and in turn, network access). In order to mitigate this security issue, two-factor authorization (2FA) can be used.

2FA with Facial Recognition

With Gorilla’s FR-MOTP (Facial Recognition – Mobile One-Time Password), companies can secure and control employee laptop access by allowing only designated employees to access specific laptops. FR-MOTP works by having the employee use facial recognition on their mobile device to obtain a one-time password in order to unlock their Windows laptop. After installing the app on the device and the software on the laptop, the employee can quickly obtain a password and gain access to their laptop in two steps.

  1. Open the app and use facial recognition to display a temporary, one-time password to use on the company laptop.
  2. Enter the password from the app into the laptop along with the employee’s Windows login.

With facial recognition included in the 2FA process, even if an outsider obtains the Windows login info and the user’s mobile phone, they will be unable to log into the laptop because they won’t have access to the employee’s face.

Post-Pandemic Area Solutions like FR-MOTP deployed by enterprises and other operations can ensure that everyone involved can stay safe while being as productive as possible.

For further reading, our recently published whitepapers are recommended as an insightful starting point. If you’d prefer to talk to someone about solutions like what was outlined above, please contact Gorilla.

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