How can employers maintain security as the remote workforce continues to grow?
No longer does the term âworkâ have to involve employees sitting behind a desk for 40 hours each week. As more millennials enter the workforce, many employers are learning that more flexible schedules and remote working arrangements are more than desiredâtheyâre expected.
In fact, a recent Fortune story mentioned that in 2014 there was a 26% increase of remote job postings by companies compared to 2013. With the number of remote workers expected to reach 43% of the entire workforce by 2016, employers must start thinking about how remote work arrangements could work for their businesses.
As the business landscape becomes more distributed and in some ways disconnected by remote workers, how can businesses promote security while supporting remote workers?
Have strict BYOD device policies
BYOD devices are somewhat synonymous with remote working arrangements. When people are looking for remote working arrangements, theyâre also likely going to want to use their own devices to handle business matters. While this may work well in some cases, itâs important to think through the security implications of allowing BYOD devices.
Youâll want to ensure that you have strict BYOD device policies that govern what business information and data can be stored on a BYOD device as well as strict policies regarding the use of passwords or PIN numbers to lock any device when not in use. Youâll also want to think carefully about how youâll handle separating business and personal data on a BYOD device in the event that an employee leaves your company.
Always use a secure connection
When youâre supporting remote workers, you want to ensure that all work related Internet traffic is fully secure. One way to do this is by requiring employees to use a VPN that encrypts data and helps to monitor for a variety of security loopholes.
Utilize cloud applications where possible
Utilizing cloud providers can also help to improve the security of remote workers. Most cloud providers use sophisticated encryption technology to store and transmit information, which is especially helpful when collaborating with remote workers.
Protect all devices
Malicious software located on any device, whether employee or corporate owned, can cause major problems to your business. Ensuring that all devices, including BYOD devices are fully secure and have the latest security patches and OS updates will help to prevent costly infections and hacking attempts.
Trend toward remote work is here to stay
Thereâs little doubt that the trend toward remote workers will continue to be a hot topic for possibly years to come. As long as businesses take the necessary steps to secure their critical data remote work can be a benefit for both employees as well as their employers.
If youâre ready to embrace the mobile work trend but are concerned about security, our team can help you create an enterprise-level mobile strategy for your business. Contact us today!