Remote work has been an emerging culture amidst modern workplace and business avenues, a fact that has never been more evocative than the current pandemic conditions. These trying circumstances have augmented the manner in which remote work has been perceived and implemented, firmly establishing it as a viable and convenient means of business processes. As we find ourselves towards the tapering end of the Covid-19 pandemic, a great number of executive models are incorporating work-from-home measures as options even after the projected end of lockdowns. With an estimated 75+% of UK executives and 87% of US executives lauding this model, we must turn to the securement of remote work in a future where it is poised to be more prevalent than ever before.
They key aspect of thorough securement of Remote Work functioning rests in primarily bolstering cybersecurity measures, as digital and network conduits are the main channels of remote work processes. Amidst a large section of employees working online, upwards of 60% report issues regarding network connectivity and VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), with an additional 30% of employees reporting debilitating network capability and data usage which impeded work completion entirely. This brings us to the first factor of remote work security, which deals with the enablement of a basic and efficient networking system for business processes. The shift to remote working in the last two years has been more prominently observed amidst technology-based companies and service providers which have displayed more efficiency and volume in business capability from a work from home environment. This market shift has uncovered key employee-based issues in this model – primarily, inadequate VPN and remote access software, the need for complex hardware and software connectivity by network admins to provide remote user connectivity, and the lack of flexible virtual and cloud-based infrastructure. The horizons of remote work in tomorrow’s markets demand agility and simplicity in business process enabling networking; in a virtual work setting employees must be able to operate in seamless networking cutting across local and international settings. It is imperative to ensure capable VPN and data transfer & provision methods for employees, so as to ensure maximum productivity and output.
Remote work however, also faces the external threats that cybersecurity must protect organisations against – attacks intended to disrupt business networking and possibly damage or steal data and assets. Global organisations have reported a spike in such cyber-attacks with the pandemic having shifted business processes to remote work; a majority of these come from phishing, and insecure VDI (Virtual Desktop Interface) or RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). What this essentially means is that cyberattacks concerning stealing/compromising organisation data and damaging business process efficiency stem primarily from inadequate measures given to employees for remote access and enablement of organisation-based hardware and digital assets. It is evident that business organisations and service providers must enhance both the infrastructure provided to employees for remote work, as well as more oversight over the sources and processing of these digital implements. This also encapsulates the inclusion and implementation of secure cloud based networking as a singular and manageable source of secure data storage, transfer, and business communication. By introducing simplistic and flexible remote work software and oversight, businesses will be able to ensure capable and seamless employee output, business communications, and connectivity, as well as reducing the presence of software solutions that are inadequately connected with existing business infrastructure and open to cyberattacks. By enabling this measure of employee productivity, enhanced business communications and cross-infrastructure flexibility, and cybersecurity against data theft, digital asset damage, and business process disruption, corporate output and client satisfaction maximised. In a world where markets and businesses are growingly embracing digital implements, companies face the growing presence of remote work solutions and must embrace seamless and secure software solutions to ensure the best work environment and business output possible.
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