Lock Down Your Process for Remote Development Security
If your IT company depends on remote workers to get jobs done, security is key. You need the right workers for the task, especially if they need specialized skills or experience. The qualified staff you find may not be physically located close to home, but that’s okay. Technology allows for remote workers to be successful in the business world. With that in mind, how can you ensure data is manipulated and shared in the safest way possible?
Finding the right secure file sharing solution
You have multiple options at your fingertips. For secure data management and sharing, try any of the following:
- File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Using FTP, freelancers and other remote workers can complete their projects locally, using their own machines. Then, they upload their completed files to your server using FTP. This protocol for file transfer allows two remote systems, usually a computer and server, to communicate and share files safely. The best way to establish FTP set up and access is to work with your network administrator.
- Staging environments. With a staging environment, remote workers don’t need to work directly on their local computer. They can instead log in to a virtual environment and work with duplicate files that can be edited and/or tested before making them live. This is a safe way to work with and view files and removes the chance of errors that can occur directly to live sites and other documents.
- Delegated site access. Another form of security is limiting the capabilities a remote worker has once logged into your site. With delegated access, you can manage what areas a worker can manipulate—and what remains off limits. It’s a way to keep tighter control on your site.
- Password management. A password management service allows you to share controlled access to systems and tools with remote workers. Once logged in, they can work within the system without seeing what the password is. This extra layer of security is available through services such as LastPass or OnePass.
Choose the system that works for you
Of course, the best choice is the system that most closely meets your needs with minimal work needed for implementation. It can also help to ensure the workers you put in place are those you can trust to access your systems and develop your sites. By thoroughly vetting your remote workers through reference and background checks, you can rest assured the staff you bring on board is qualified and trustworthy.
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