It’s proven that workplace flexibility
boosts morale, productivity, and retention.
But there may be a surprising added benefit
to a remote work policy shift.
Improved cyber security.
In the U.S., companies shell out an average of
8.2 million dollars a year dealing with cyber attacks.
In 2018, the highest single ransomware payout was $930,000.
So it’s understandable that corporations are hypervigilant
about how employees access company data.
But assumptions that working remotely
is riskier are misguided.
In fact, cloud based remote work could result
in a safer foundation for the future of work.
Nowadays, holstering cyber security isn’t optional.
In just two years, ransomware attacks are up 97%.
And while some companies associate decentralized
employee’s work with greater risk, it actually presents
an ideal time to make data more secure
by forcing businesses to safeguard their information
Technology reporter, Quentin Hardy, puts it this way.
The same way that your money is probably safer
mixed up with other people’s money in a bank vault
than it is sitting alone in your dresser drawer,
your data may actually be safer in the cloud.
And while companies are worried about remote employee
security, they’re often overlooking in office behaviors,
like leaving a laptop unlocked and unattended,
that are just as dangerous.
In fact, a study by Alert Logic found on premise
IT infrastructure is more likely to be attacked
than public, cloud based systems.
Having staff working away from headquarters
is an opportunity to upgrade systems
to software defined wide area networks
These feature security options that offer
end to end protection, reducing vulnerability
and protecting transactions between the network
An SD-WAN with best in class threat management
protects all parts of the network,
including remote access points,
while mitigating D-Dos and ransomware threats.
With industrial grade cyber security,
both on the network and in the cloud,
companies have more than a fighting chance
against the data breach or attack.
A full 90% of businesses believe improving cyber security
boosts their reputation.
And 89% say world class cyber security
is a competitive differentiator.
So while logging into work files on a coffee shop’s
public wifi isn’t the best idea,
it doesn’t mean remote access is inherently unsafe.
In fact, setting foundation for secure remote work
could close the door on a lot of future security headaches.