The days of working from the office five days a week are not likely to return post-pandemic. Working from home has become a new norm within the last year and it’s looking like most people want it to stay that way in some capacity. In a recent PWC report, 55% of 1,200 surveyed employees said they would prefer to work remotely at least 3 days a week once pandemic concerns reside.
The world is shifting to a hybrid work model that supports both working from home and working from the office. Business leaders need to ensure that collaboration and company culture is still built upon while maintaining a high level of data security. This new hybrid work model has and will continue to increase dependence on technology.
Here are 8 things you need if you’re thinking about moving to a hybrid work model:
1. Cloud Computing Capabilities
Hosting your company’s data in a data center, rather than on an onsite server, makes it easy for your employees to access their desktops and company files from anywhere there is an internet connection. Private cloud platforms are far more robust and secure than the average business network making them an ideal option for small and medium businesses who must adhere to strict compliance regulations.
A virtual private network provides an additional layer of security that protects your company’s servers and your users’ information and machines when they are outside of the company’s firewalls.
3. Multifactor Authentication
Multifactor Authentication or MFA is absolutely essential if your employees are going to be logging in to your network whether in the office or at home. The use of MFA adds a second layer of protection and has been proven to reduce unauthorized login to networks by nefarious individuals.
4. Password Policy/Manager
Weak and reused passwords are an open invitation to criminals to waltz right into your network. More than 80 percent of all hacking-related breaches leveraged weak, default or stolen passwords. A business-grade password manager will eliminate the frustration and headaches you and your employees experience when trying to create and remember complex passwords.
A Voice over Internet Protocol phone system is a cost-effective solution that allows you to communicate through the internet instead of using a traditional landline. Employees can download an app and make and receive company calls using their mobile phones.
6. Online Collaboration Tools
Keeping remote staff members connected and engaged is crucial to both company culture and productivity. Tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Slack allow members to brainstorm ideas, interact with each other while working remotely and access shared files.
7. Reliable Internet
This one probably goes without saying, but having a reliable internet connection ensures that team members can work efficiently without having to worry about disconnections and severe lag time.
8. Security Awareness Training
Cybercriminals have taken every advantage of the shift to remote working to trick employees into handing over sensitive information. Nearly 85 percent of successful data breaches involve defrauding humans, rather than exploiting flaws in computer code. Security awareness training is the best possible way to empower your human firewalls and keep the cybercriminals at bay.
If you’re thinking about moving to a hybrid work model, we would love to help you make sure that you have the proper IT in place. Contact us here or get your no-obligation business technology assessment for FREE here.