With more employees enjoying the benefits of hybrid working, dividing their time between the office and home, it has never been more critical to ensure your employees remain protected wherever they are.
Trying to keep an eye on a workforce spread across so many different destinations may sound challenging, but there are some simple steps your company can take to make sure everyone stays safe.
Recent research (opens in new tab) by TechRadar Pro and Perimeter 81 found that many companies do not have the necessary security measures in place to keep remote workers safe. Only half (50%) had a cloud-based cybersecurity solution, and another 15% said they are currently exploring their options.
This is despite a report by Statista in which more than two-thirds of business leaders (opens in new tab) are now planning to redesign their office space to accommodate permanent hybrid work, with 73% of employees saying they want to retain flexible, remote work options as a condition of their employment.
Encouraging security best practices doesn’t have to be a long or painful process, as even your newest employees need to know the importance of online security tools like antivirus, VPN, and strong passwords.
But working outside the office can encourage bad habits, especially when it comes to security and IT policies. Employees who struggle to connect to a VPN, or are frustrated with their poor connectivity in a coffee shop or even at home, may be tempted to come up with risky solutions that could put them at risk.
Whether it’s using a PC, tablet or smartphone to access emails or confidential business documents, or plugging rogue USB sticks into their work laptop, there are all kinds of potential threats lurking outside the office.
Ensuring that the devices used by your employees are properly protected at the hardware level can also help keep your business safe. Laptops and PCs powered by the latest hardware are packed with powerful security measures that can protect both your data and your device, without slowing down your machine.
When looking for new devices, it’s essential to ensure that protection for your PC is baked into the hardware itself, with security under the operating system to protect your system, along with strong data protection and advanced threat detection capabilities.
The most secure hardware also includes specially optimized surveillance technology to detect and shut down any unauthorized work or access. Your IT administrators can create a robust yet inclusive policy that will hopefully stop unwanted or dangerous activities, but also be flexible for those employees or tasks that require it. With online collaboration becoming more popular than ever, it’s vital that teams that need constant contact and interaction keep it safe and secure.
Having a level of visibility into your employee’s browsing activity and access to important work files can be crucial if you want to stay safe in the hybrid work era, and if employees leave the company without returning their equipment to an office, a company can be life-saving.
Ultimately, the goal is for your employees to be just as productive and efficient outside the office as they are inside. Having the right IT security policies in place can be a boon for employees everywhere as it takes away the frustrations seen in the office-centric era, so make sure your business can deliver exactly what’s asked for, while also staying safe and protected.