The world has gone from debating the benefits and pitfalls of a distributed workforce, to being forced rudely through that door. A distributed workforce sheds the restrictions of working in a traditional office environment by distributing employees over a wide geographic area, domestically or internationally, and leveraging key technologies to give employees access to company resources like software, applications, data and email. Some employees and employers love the benefits of a distributed workforce, like higher productivity, flexible operating hours, global coverage and diversity – but those who were unprepared when the glorious cacophony of catastrophe hit in 2020, are learning the hard way that it takes more than an internet connection and a few good men to make a distributed workforce actually work.
Network Security Issues
Sensitive data and information stored in the cloud are under constant threat of cyber-attack. This same valuable information streaming back and forth to the home offices of employees across the globe – a receipt for disaster without the right security protections in place. Many companies are implementing a remote desktop solution to ensure that company data stays in the control of the company, while still available to remote employees. The more professional and comprehensive the solution – the more secure your data.
Employee Interaction Issues
While more traditional paper-pushing office environments are not typically what one thinks of when they picture a “creation and innovation supercenter,” employees need interaction with each other, with managers and with the company in general, to secure the long-term buy in that produces excellent work. This means even the most forward-thinking workforce must connect – and connect securely. Video conferencing, online meetings, chat groups and conference calls need to be clear, reliable, and most importantly totally secure.
If a company isn’t offering things like good health insurance – they certainly aren’t supplying employees with the latest and sleekest devices, so BYOD, just like COVID-19, might be here to stay. It’s not been as big of an issue as one might think, with employees often preferring to use their own devices for comfort and familiarity, but CIO’s are far from breathing a sigh of relief with loss, theft, encrypted storage, SSL encryption and data in transit being just a few issues they “look forward too.” The best security tools were important, and are now essential to managing a BYOD, distributed workforce company – even temporarily.
Just as you aren’t alone in trying to navigate new global developments and keep your business profitable – you aren’t alone in meeting your technology needs. With 20 years of experience producing best-in-class security and cloud computing products to enable any size business, anywhere in the world, Sangfor has everything you need to keep your data secure, employees connected and business flowing. Sangfor sees real world solutions to modern problems.
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