Should You Introduce Working from Home?
Work-From-Home initiatives, for all their convenience, aren't without some lingering uncertainties. While many businesses are adapting for the possibilities, fewer have incorporated a dedicated Remote Working policy; and with our work now more mobile than ever, it's arguably time to give this new way of working some serious revision.
One consideration is the difference between the office and home environments; not so much the comforts or conveniences (and who doesn't like being walking distance from the fridge?) but the setup of your network and systems. The office environment is likely more dedicated, with specific setups and configurations in place. It's also protected - we hope - with a dedicated security solution.
Would Your Remote Workers be Cyber Secure?
Systems such as The Cloud and Remote Desktops do help to keep the work synchronised, but are they protected with the same security solutions? Once your users leave the office, there's no way of telling if their security setup is anything close to the one protecting your office.
It sounds threatening, for sure, but then the UK has a seemingly turbulent relationship with Remote Working. A survey by Apricorn suggests that 95% of UK businesses are struggling with the complexities of Remote Working, and a third of those had experienced a data loss or breach which, many suspect, was a result of insecure home networks.
The results are disappointing, but the attitudes towards improving these solutions is encouraging; if anything, businesses are thinking more about making their Work-From-Home solutions tenable than abandoning them entirely. Thankfully, the tools for the job already exist - it's only the steps to put them in place that might be unfamiliar.
Remote Working Strategy
First of all; password policies. As we've said before, you'll want a tight but graceful password policy - one that's restrictive without being complex. That way, even if a home router becomes compromised, your work and your business are still protected by a more diligent layer that's manageable by all users. Even then, not all home networks will be equal, and encryption will be a serious consideration. Look into encrypting your business' drives and rolling it out across all systems; that way, any outside threats on less secure, home Wi-Fi connections will meet to the same rigorous protection across all users.
With more and more companies adopting home working capabilities every year, it seems the practice isn't going anywhere soon. But now, with the concept emerging from its infancy, we've entered that awkward adolescent phase that requires strict monitoring, tighter control and potentially, yes, a few headaches. Yet once the dust clears and the practice becomes standardised, we'll no doubt start to reap the benefits.
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