Security Tools for Managing a Contract Engineering Team

Posted by Julie Villanueva on Aug 6, 2021 4:14:13 AM

Contract engineering teams are filled with workers who only work for a short while. In a situation where you are cycling in and out numerous employees during a season, there may be a potential for breaches and malware.

Contractors coming in from everywhere and going anywhere have access to highly valuable information and systems. This leaves your company vulnerable to a breach during their employment and even after they leave. For example, in 2017, an ex-employee of Tesla hacked the company's confidential and trade secret information, transferring the data to third parties by placing a software on the computer system that would continue to run even when the employee left the company.

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Safety measures must be taken seriously and the first step is implementing an access management system that includes tools like PKI certificates, Cloud LDAP and Radius, SSO, and so on. This helps you keep track of and monitor members of your team as they come and go.

If you don’t know where to start with privileged access management (PAM) tools, here is a  helpful guide to help you hit the ground running with better security practices:

Just-in-Time (JIT) Access

Just-in-Time (JIT) is where a user gets access to networks on an as-needed basis. As an admin, you can give the privilege to a user for a predetermined amount of time before they come into work on a shared account. 

This helps to reduce the risk of breaches as privileges that last longer than wanted leave your servers vulnerable to hackers and/or employees with malicious intent. Ensure safety by eliminating standing access to users before they come on. You can do this through an all-in-one PAM platform like Foxpass who has the right tools to implement in your infrastructure.

PKI Digital Certificates/SCEP

Digital certificates are the surest way to ensure safe user authentication into an account, service, or device. PKI Digital Certificates allows an admin to offer access to others through encryption and sign data. This system allows a user into an account, device or service, without having to give a username or password to a shared account. This way, after someone leaves the company, you keep track of who is on your web pages VPNs, wi-fi, and other forms of multi-factored authentication systems.

Advanced RADIUS

Cloud-hosted RADIUS is a system that can give users temporary access through personalized login credentials that connect to a shared company network like Wi-Fi®. Compared to sharing the same username and password for each user to gain internet access,  where anyone can share the password with someone else, you can keep track of who is on your shared account. For a team of seasoned contractors, you can also configure their account logins to no longer have access to the Wi-Fi® when they leave.

Single Sign-on for Products using SAML

Another solution is Single Sign-On (SSO). This feature allows an employee to sign in to their accounts at the click of a button, no longer needing a username and password. In Foxpass’s SSO, you can give and take away access to employees’ access to shared accounts on service providers like AWS, Github and automatically log in to all accounts via SSO. This tool also allows you to take away permissions from an engineer's login after they leave and even when they are done with the account while still in their work period.

Session Recording

Session recordings allow the admin to go look back at a session, see what went wrong with the code, and make the changes necessary. This helps with not only debugging but also monitoring the users online. You can replay recorded SSH sessions from your users at any time. The admin can search by keyword or timestamp. Not only can you tell who changed the code, showing if someone had compromised the code, but it also lets you change the code involved in real-time.

Whether you’re a big or mid-sized company, the unpredictability of an employee grows higher as your network of employees fluctuates within the seasons.  The financial and reputation cost of a breach may take your company years to recover from. With access management like Foxpass, you can ensure that your accounts and networks will be safe. We provide quality products like SSO, session recording, RADIUS, and digital certificate systems at an affordable price. Check out our features page to learn more or talk to a representative at help@foxpass.com

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