How McAfee can help you scale security to employees working from home

Johannesburg, 20 Mar 2020
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We’re in a moment of rapid change for our IT environments. As companies shift from working in an office within their controlled network to working from home, many are finding that the architectures they have in place aren’t ready for the scalability and security challenges of a decentralised workforce. There are three prominent scenarios created by this shift that have an impact on security posture:

1. Unprotected devices are being used for work. Some of you may be asking your employees to use their personal laptops for work at home. Others are issuing new managed laptops that need to ramp up with existing endpoint security.

2. The Internet is accessed directly, without a VPN. Most VPN deployments aren’t ready to scale to an entire workforce routing traffic through them. Slowdowns and outages can cause users to turn off their VPN. Some may not be licensed for the entire workforce. In each scenario, devices will access the Internet directly without the defence in depth of your managed network.

3. Data going to cloud services no longer routes through the network. There has been a massive increase in the use of cloud-based tools to support meetings and collaboration for decentralised teams. With direct Internet access, data sent to the cloud falls out of your visibility and becomes vulnerable. Sharing within the cloud and to external parties also falls outside of your visibility and control.

For many, existing security investments can be slightly augmented or scaled to cover these use cases. Others may need to quickly add capabilities. Let’s discuss how:

Unprotected personal devices

If you are asking employees to work from their personally owned laptops and mobile devices, please contact your McAfee Account Manager or e-mail for licences to our home use security for endpoint devices, available for free until 31 May 2020*. This will provide comprehensive device protection, including anti-malware. Employees can download this software on unlimited devices in their household to help prevent lateral movement of attacks within their home network.

Unprotected managed devices

If you are issuing new managed devices to employees so they can work from home, we have a few options to help you easily deploy McAfee Endpoint Protection to them. First, if you have an existing per-user subscription, you are entitled to deploy McAfee Endpoint Protection to five devices per user at any time. If you need to add users, we are offering three-month subscriptions to help you scale out. For your fastest route to deployment, you have access to our cloud-based management platform. Use this “Contact Us” form to get started.

Direct Internet access

To protect your home-based users accessing the Internet directly without a VPN, you can connect them to our cloud-based Secure Web Gateway, which is part of MVISION Unified Cloud Edge. This adds security without backhauling traffic over a VPN and can either replace or augment your on-premises secure Web gateways. Existing McAfee Web Gateway customers can re-use their policy in a simple push to the cloud.

For anyone new, Unified Cloud Edge adds immediate policy control, zero-day malware prevention and data loss prevention (DLP) for Web traffic. You also gain advanced cloud application intelligence with sophisticated usage and risk reporting for shadow IT based on your user’s browsing habits.

We’re offering three-month subscriptions to MVISION Unified Cloud Edge to cover your new home-based users, along with three-month expansion subscriptions for existing customers of any McAfee Web Gateway product. Use this “Contact Us” form to get started.

Data in cloud services

To protect your data going into, shared within, and attempting to leave cloud services like Microsoft OneDrive, SharePoint, Exchange Teams, Box, Google Apps, Salesforce and others, your most effective control point is a direct API-based connection to the service itself, through a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB). We are offering three-month subscriptions to our CASB for any cloud service you need to protect. Again, use this “Contact Us” form to get started.

The duration of this shift is uncertain. We have professional services available to help you scale out as fast as possible now, and you have the flexibility to deactivate any three-month subscription when it is no longer needed.

We understand the difficulty and urgency you are facing. Please take advantage of these offers to transition smoothly to a secure, work-from-home IT environment.

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