Remote working is fast becoming the new normal for more organisations. While the pandemic is slowly under control, many governments and organisations are still not taking any chances. For now, only essentials services and companies have employees working while others are on a case by case basis. Meaning most employees may still end up working remotely even after the lockdown.
Whether we like it or not, this new normal is the reality of how things are going to be. And it is up to businesses to make sure they make the right decisions in providing a secure environment for their workforce. To achieve that, here are three essential steps for remote working that organisations should consider:
Secure access to files, data and applications on any device – To enable remote working, companies have to allow employees to access corporate systems from any location, using any device. This provides the necessary flexibility for the modern workforce to have maximum productivity and innovate, but it also raises serious security concerns. To make matters worse, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting remote workers, especially during the current crisis. It is, therefore, paramount for businesses to implement a solution that can simplify BYOD without compromising security.
Make remote working a seamless experience – Today’s workforce uses a myriad of different applications. Managing access to these applications becomes even more challenging when employees are working remotely. Businesses need to enable easy access to email, corporate websites, servers, content, and files regardless of the device that employees use. The whole process has to be seamless without compatibility issues. Provisioning, onboarding and offboarding processes must also be simple and can be done remotely by IT teams.
Maintain productivity from any location – The key for remote working is a strong internet connection. But not all remote workers have access to a stable, high-speed internet connection or sufficient bandwidth. Businesses need to ensure that their employees can still work offline in such cases. Or they can opt for systems that allow employees to work with minimal connectivity.
Remote desktops are growing in popularity because they help organisations fulfil all the three steps mentioned above. Remote desktop software entails businesses the needed security and visibility over employees as they can monitor workloads being done. It is a viable alternative to VPN and VDI, which typically require complex hardware, certificates and authentication, or complicated sign-in procedures.
As an example, BlackBerry Desktop is a remote desktop solution that can provide employees with secure remote access from any Windows or macOS device. With the solution, a remote employee can use their corporate tools and cloud apps using any device of their choice while having the same set of capabilities of a traditional, corporate-owned and managed computer. It is scalable and can also integrate easily with a company’s existing Microsoft Office investments.
To find out more about BlackBerry’s remote access solution, click here.
BlackBerry is also offering a free consultation on the security posture of your remote workers. Do not miss this offer and click here to fill up the security assessment for Blackberry to understand your current remote worker security stance.