The roles of hardware and software asset management in organisations
are now more crucial than ever. Many organisations find this challenging
under the best of conditions, now throw in a pandemic and a rush to get
people operational from their homes and you have a black hat hackers
For one, home networks are often very different to corporate networks and don’t sit behind the same level of firewalls or intrusion protection scanning.
Companies need to make sure that introducing remote access does not introduce more risk to their environment by securing the endpoint connections into their corporate networks by a VPN and look to use multi-factor authentication to secure the connection.
This is also where software asset management becomes more
important, when IT teams have the ability to have an overview of the software
versions running on the machines remotely at a glance and identify any software
that’s not updated to the latest security patch. This allows them to be
pro-active and take the necessary steps in ensuring that they don’t fall victim
to the next WannaCry ransomware outbreak.