Growing Mobile Workforces = Less Secure Environments
t’s 6:00 am, the sun isn’t up yet, but you’ve been up for an hour and are on your second cup of coffee. You’re pajama clad, your home office is buzzing as you are already crushing deliverables for the day. Last week you were on a call with co-workers halfway around the world at 11:30 pm, finalizing the last details on a contract. If this sounds like you or someone you know, congratulations on adapting to our always-on remote “workstyle”.
The distributed workforce. Think about it, since the laptop became the defacto computer (I can’t remember the last time I saw someone working on a desktop), I’d wager that 100% of companies deal with remote device management. Even checking your email on your laptop on a Sunday evening means you’re working remotely, which means security risks. And we don’t have to tell you that decentralizing the workplace is tougher on IT than on any other department. You have to:
- Maintain the security of devices and data
- Backup data to company servers
- Adhere to regulations on sharing and accessing critical documents
- Make sure everyone can access applications with the same speed and usability
And you’re doing all of this for people who don’t give any of these issues a second thought. Technology has made it easier than ever to communicate and collaborate remotely with tools like Slack, Dropbox, and Google Hangouts. It’s no surprise that studies have shown that remote employees working in environments they enjoy are more productive.
Global Workplace Analytics’ research backs this up:
- 3.7 million employees now work from home at least half of the time (that’s 2.8% of the workforce)
- 20-25% of the workforce teleworks with some frequency
- 80-90% of the workforce would like to telework at least part time
When you get to the heart of it, managing and patching endpoints boils down to three elements. First, do you know what’s out there and can you see your full inventory and status or each device in real time? Second, can you patch devices regardless of where they are physically and ensure that the OS and all its software is patched all of the time...and I mean actually patched, not just alerting you to what needs to be patched? And third, are you confident you’re not going to break existing systems when you deploy patches?
Distributed workforces are expected by millennials. This generation has come of age and these digital natives now hold management positions in many companies. They’re don’t accept VPN’s and firewalls to do business. For them, work happens anywhere at anytime. Businesses also understand that distributed workforces allow them to draw on employment demographics with lower costs of living as well as reach rare, specialized talent across the globe, resulting in lower costs for the company and higher productivity.
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