IT admins, insiders, and third-party vendors need privileged access to perform their roles, but this shouldn’t mean ceding control of the IT environment to them. Organizations typically allow vendors to access their networks to perform a variety of different functions. However, this privileged access should be secured to the same (or higher) extent as the organization’s internal privileged users. Neglecting to do so will create a weak spot in your organization’s security that is ripe for exploit.
Because organizations typically use IT products and software solutions from a variety of vendors, IT is tasked with the enormous burden of having to secure remote access for these vendors, so that they may provide maintenance and troubleshooting for their products. As a consequence, organizations are faced with the dilemma of having to provide the needed access while also guarding against malware and bad actors entering through third-party connections.
Given that third-party vendors are an integral part of most organizations’ ecosystem―something that isn’t going to change anytime soon—there are seven steps you can take to exert better control over third-party vendor network connections and secure remote access.