Before the coronavirus pandemic, the way we worked was already changing rapidly. Markets and consumers have demanded businesses become more mobile, more agile.
COVID-19 hasn’t just changed the rules of the game: it’s changed the game itself. Many companies, especially start-ups and tech-focused enterprises have made significant strides in the area of enterprise mobility and the concept of remote working in recent years. However, most industries, especially those considered “traditional” (banking, finance, education, manufacturing) have largely resisted a mass transition towards mobility and remote working and have found themselves flustered at a time when calm is most needed.
Many of these companies were simply not prepared for the sudden need for flexibility and agility imposed upon our society as the virus swept across national and domestic borders. They have been forced into hastily devising a remote working strategy, something which should have been blended into the company’s culture over time.
Employees have been given their laptops or computers to take home and the security of a company’s data and information goes from being protected in one secure place to an arena where the risks are multiplied dramatically. This panic is music to hackers’ ears.
Hackers know only too well that they only need to find one weak link in the security chain in order to do untold damage. Therefore, the responsibility for ensuring the safety of an organisation’s data is transferred to each individual employee working from home.
Here we examine the main threats facing remote workers and how they can be tackled:
Entrepreneur.com argues there are two types of companies: “those that have discovered security breaches and those that don't yet know they've been breached.”
Data breaches are a fact of everyday life, but that doesn’t mean we should just accept it. The ability to manage the transition to a more mobile way of working while ensuring maximum data security will determine the winners of the digital age in business. Those who proceed with a growth-first, security-second mindset will eventually sink.
According to a study by Gemalto, 66% of consumers surveyed said they wouldn’t do business with a company that had had sensitive information exposed due to a data breach. Therefore, finding the sweet spot between maximum mobility and maximum security is one of the great challenges facing today’s companies who find themselves in unchartered waters.
Businesses need to create a sustainable approach that meets the need to be more agile and flexible without jeopardizing security. Without this, remote working will continue to be viewed by many as an emergency measure, rather than part of the organisation’s DNA.
Discover what organisations must address and the best practices for remote workers to achieve a competitive advantage.