“I’m at the home office right now.” As good as everyone has heard that phrase several times over the last few days. No wonder, because in the times of the coronavirus, working from home is as much a part of everyday life for many people as breathing masks and empty supermarket shelves. According to the German industry association Bitkom, one in three professionals in Germany is currently working in a home office for the first time, while for 43 percent, existing homework regulations have been extended.

Inevitably, the issue of security now comes into focus, because remote access should of course only be available to authorized employees of a company, and not to hackers.

Centrally managed company laptops or tablet PCs protected by endpoint security measures can usually be securely integrated into the corporate network using a virtual private network (VPN) enhanced with two-factor authentication (e.g. with a company ID). However, if a company has not yet implemented an endpoint security concept, a VPN is not sufficient. Instead, a sealed-off VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is necessary, as it can be implemented on the server side with solutions from VMware, Citrix or Microsoft.

On the user side, both a fat client (for example via RemoteApp/RemoteDesktop) and a thin client can be used. A product bundle cryptovision offers together with partners such as IGEL, IBM or genua is best suited for this purpose. In such a solution, cryptovision’s smart credential middleware SCinterface is integrated, so that the user can log on in the home office with a secure two-factor authentication and does not become a security risk (think of phishing or attacks on the client system). Since SCinterface supports all common cards and security tokens, a company can also use existing Smart Credentials for the home office VDI.

You want to know more about cryptovision’s solutions for the secure home office? Our colleagues will be happy to advise you.

SCinterface website: https://www.cryptovision.com/en/products/secure-token-integration/sc-interface/