Protecting the Company’s Distributed Workforce

Distributed workforce protection

74% of professionals expect remote working to become the new normal. With benefits such as reduced stress, increased productivity, and time saved, only a small percentage of employees want to return to the office full time.

People are looking for the flexibility to work however, wherever, and whenever they want. This means that home offices and shared workspaces are busier, and so are cafes and public libraries. This shift creates significant cybersecurity challenges as CISOs attempt to manage security with their workforce spread across countless different networks, devices, locations, and countries.


Before remote working became generally acceptable, and work was done exclusively from offices, employees would use secure company devices on a secure computer network, which made cybersecurity management much simpler. However, with personal devices like cell phones, tablets, and even smart watches becoming staple ways to communicate, the cybersecurity team has little to no oversight or control.

Therefore, CISOs and IT teams must come up with new solutions to protect their company data and applications. Some added mobile device management (MDM) solutions but just couldn’t keep up with the volume of devices. Others turned to VPNs, VDI, and RBI to help secure their corporate environments but found the solutions to be cumbersome, and ultimately resulting in negative employee experiences.


By having a strong authentication process within a zero-trust environment, enterprises can ensure each user is who they say they are and manage access accordingly. Preset company policies can limit clearance for lower-level employees and keep contractors away from sensitive information. Alone, though, this is not enough. As the unmanaged endpoint is outside the visibility of the corporation, there is a significant risk that the device may be malware ridden. With employees using personal devices to access corporate data, as well as potentially risky websites and malicious downloads, every time a user logs in, he could be putting the enterprise at risk. SURF’s browser immediately recognizes abnormal behavior and stops threat actors from abusing user credentials.

SURF is tuned to protect the employee as much as the corporation. Because so many more employees are working off personal devices and networks, many organizations breach their privacy in an effort to monitor corporate productivity. By only reporting breaches against company policy and not all browsing history, employees are able to maintain their surfing privacy even when using the enterprise browser.

Malware free

Malware free and Ad-free browsing is a desirable feature for many web users, but for enterprises, it is a matter of ensuring the safety of the company. If an employee clicks on an ad and inadvertently allows a malicious attacker onto their system, the consequences can be severe. Damage to the company's reputation and financial losses in the millions of dollars may result, particularly if sensitive data is accessed from the compromised device.

To mitigate this risk, enterprises can use a zero-trust secure enterprise browser. This type of browser renders all websites to ensure there is no chance of an accidental attack and operates independently of the device it is used on. This means that even if an employee's personal computer is infected with malware, the company's data remains secure and protected. By using a zero-trust secure enterprise browser, companies can have peace of mind that their information is safe, no matter what device it is accessed from.


Trying to protect your enterprise with a distributed workforce can feel impossible. Today, security experts rely on a shopping list of software to keep their data and applications safe. However, by using the enterprise browser, you can cut that cybersecurity stack down and create a secure corporate environment that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. SURF’s zero-trust secure enterprise browser is an easy-to-use solution that protects employee privacy while still ensuring corporate security and agility. With remote and hybrid working becoming the new normal, SURF’s corporate browser provides enterprises with the visibility and control needed to keep their data secure on an easy-to-use Chromium based browser with a user experience nearly identical to Chrome.


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