With WFH potentially the new normal for the foreseeable future, businesses are going to have to take on the responsibility of security beyond the perimeter for the long term. Some options, O’Hara says, would be to identify key personnel and pay for their internet access or implement and pay for a parallel network in the home that is just for corporate use.
Businesses will have to have the same debate about home networks that they had around bring your own device, O’Hara adds. “Do we have to support it? Do they support it? The same question with the network.”
Managed service providers, in the meantime, can start implementing tools and services to perform threat assessments of their customers’ WFH computing environments, O’Hara says.
He notes one caveat: “If the MSP starts poking around on people's [home] networks, there is a liability that if they bring that network down, they're going to have to fix it. There's just no ands, ifs, or buts about that.”