Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , COVID-19 , Governance & Risk Management

COVID-19: Remote Workforce Security Strategies

Akamai's Security Leaders Offer Timely Insights
Prasad Mandava and Bruno Goveas of Akamai

Very few organizations were prepared to ensure their workforce can securely work at home during the COVID-19 crisis, says Prasad Mandava, vice president of engineering and the managing director of Akamai Technologies India. Handling the scaling up of security for a remote workforce can prove challenging, he says.

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“When you put in the traditional layers of security, your experience can become much slower,” he says. “Akamai has been ready to work remotely for many years. We rolled out a robust unified communications program where we enable audio, video and chat on the same platform. We also rolled out dual-factor authentication, largely eliminating the need for passwords, and we have single sign-on for hundreds of enterprise applications.”

Bruno Goveas, strategic sales director, India, says Akamai is getting two common requests from organizations looking for guidance on security for the remote workforce.

“One is to scale reliably, to support the entire workforce without the need for hardware upgrade and installation and administration,” he says. The second is … providing access to internal applications without exposing the company network to the internet.”

Goveas adds: “Applying security at the edge of the internet, closer to end-users, and enabling secure access without exposing your data center to the internet, is how Akamai has been able to keep our customers safe.”

In this joint video interview with Information Security Media Group, Mandava and Goveas also discuss:

  • How Akamai helped its employees make the transition to work from home;
  • Recommendations to organizations working on their business continuity plans;
  • How Akamai is remotely conducting business with its clients.

For more information on how organizations can better their business continuity plans, please click here.

Mandava works in the functional area of enterprise applications in the CIO organization. He oversees the India operations, innovation and start-up collaboration programs.

Goveas has been with Akamai since 2004. He drives Akamai’s enterprise security business in the India region. Previously he was responsible for managing key Akamai Enterprise business partner alliances in Asia Pacific & Japan.

About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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