More companies than ever before, especially those capable of operating remotely with little consequence, are ditching the traditional office setup, some even doing so permanently. A pandemic is a rare phenomenon, so it’s not like we’re in the midst of a “normal” everyday existence, whether remote commuting or trying to find something to do on our days off. The term “normal,” in itself, is wholly redundant; once we emerge from this crisis (and we will), the term “mobile workforce” will be anything but a taboo subject.
There’s one problem that persists, however: how is your internal cybersecurity landscape going to change with these times if the whole internal aspect is relative? Are you really giving up an effective security strategy for improved convenience and flexibility? Here are some key elements that will transform along the way.
Unification Means Proactivity and Balance
There are plenty of companies that operate with a dedicated intranet system, making remote commuting more of a challenge. Others incorporate activity monitoring – an increasingly polarizing subject – along with compliance requirements that demand a firmer grip on data permissions. Switching to a unified, cohesive framework enables IT teams to remotely configure and analyze your complete infrastructure, even if it’s tied to remote systems. Maintaining a clear end-to-end viewpoint, while respecting employees and learning to trust them when away from the office, is critical to a successful mobile workforce integration process. In addition, a unified, centralized, cloud-based solution allows for per-user data access, sharing, and editing permissions.
Virtualization and Device Integration
Not every employer can run out and buy 200 ThinkPad X1 Carbons just to support a mobile setup and ensure everyone has what they need. This is especially true during these difficult economic times. The same applies to ergonomic office setups and other critical components required to keep employees active, performant, and even healthy when on the clock for you. Bring-your-own-device solutions are often frowned upon for security reasons, but what about a workaround that ensures a remote environment conducive to effective cybersecurity? The answer, if you can’t afford to supply remote devices designated for company use only, is virtualization software, with several options available to meet various compliance, monitoring, and feature set needs. Along with state-of-the-art AI and machine learning algorithms, such software and any other digital tools your company utilizes can maintain transparency between workers and managers, all without jeopardizing internal data security. This happens because your existing systems at the office do all the grunt work, operating like usual – workers are only accessing them through a portal on their systems at home, so nothing is being saved on their hard drives or technically being brought out from behind your company’s walls. The same goes for file encryption and established security protocols – almost everything can continue to operate as per usual.
Focusing on Software-Level Security Enhancements
If you do switch to a fully remote operation for at least the time being – even via virtualization – strengthening security standards to consider device locations, personalized settings, and access points from mostly unique network connections is a must. The ideal perimeter setup is both flexible and resilient, optimized for cloud access on different connections. Plus, you’ll then have the chance to modify tweaks specific to each type of worker, from executives down to that latest intern in PR. At the same time, monitoring everything from a centralized, cloud-powered security setup minimizes the risk of data breaches, malware, data corruption, and other cybersecurity threats, making it easier and faster to diagnose and repair any issues that crop up.
In short, integrating a mobile workforce can actually be more of a blessing than a burden; it forces employers to stay on their toes and implement modern, proactive solutions designed to address the latest cyber threats. The claim that convenience is detrimental to security may have been valid a decade ago, but times have changed. It’s best to move with them if doing so benefits everyone involved in the long run. Additionally, by optimizing for remote deployment, options can be customized indefinitely to encourage a more personalized, flexible, streamlined user experience, which can mean improved communications, collaboration, and a domino effect of further potential benefits.
If you’d like a hand with future-proofing your operations – regardless of what’s in store in the months ahead – our team is happy to help. Contact us today for further details.