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How to Enable Remote Work for Your Company
- Working Online/Offline – Back in the late 90’s, for those old enough to remember, Lotus Notes pioneered this concept with the ability to replicate databases locally between servers and users’ local desktops. Today many technologies do this seamlessly, whether it’s email, files or other systems.
- Instant Gratification – Today users want access to information immediately and from any device. A mere 15 years ago expectations were very different. Employees had to be logged into a PC at the office to gain access to data. Expectations have taken a monumental shift thanks to the available technology, and now smartphones, tablets, broadband, WiFi, and 4/5G all make information accessible at our fingertips.
- Advanced Communication – Recent advances in infrastructure and hardware have enabled new ways to communicate and collaborate. The use of these new platforms differs based on age, culture and social boundaries. One thing that is not contested is the choice that’s now available – employees can communicate via more mediums than ever before (document sharing, enterprise social media, gamification, instant messaging, phone, text, email, video, video or voice chat, screen sharing).
- Device Choice – There’s also more choice around which devices can be used. Greater standardization and enhanced security allow users to access data on more devices than ever before, thus providing greater freedom.
|Top Causes of Data Breaches|
|Old, unpatched security vulnerabilities|
| Human error|
|Physical theft of a data-carrying device|
- First, that on-premises deployments may be more vulnerable than cloud deployments, may require more patching and are vulnerable to insider misuse. Data in the cloud, on the other hand, is generally more standardized, patched and protected.
- Secondly, that all these breaches expose the inherent vulnerability of imperfect humans interacting with technology. Data stored in the cloud with up-to-date security controls can help mitigate these vulnerabilities.
- Something you know – usernames, passwords, PINs
- Something you have – one-time password tokens (OTP tokens), key fobs, smartphones with OTP apps
- Something you are – retina scans, iris scans, fingerprint scans, finger vein scans, facial recognition, voice recognition
- Avoid using public WiFi. Users should always use a mobile hotspot or some method to encrypt their web connection.
- Use VPN connections for accessing sensitive information whenever possible
- Keep information secure in the cloud whenever possible
- Limit storing data locally on a desktop
- Never store data on external drives or memory cards
- Be aware of lines of sight (people watching the user typing)
- Encrypt sensitive data (email or other)
A number of these challenges are related to security and protecting people from themselves, but at its core it’s about protecting business data. The goal is to keep data secure and accessible – or in other words, having your cake and eating it too.
Top Benefits of DaaS
|Flexibility: All employees and contractors can access their applications, desktops, and data from anywhere, keeping them productive, no matter where they work.|
|: Rapidly scale up and down depending on your business needs, whether that’s M&A, staffing temporary workers during peak seasons, managing contractors (developers), or deploying branch offices.Scalability: Rapidly scale up and down depending on your business needs, whether that’s M&A, staffing temporary workers during peak seasons, managing contractors (developers), or deploying branch offices.|
|Business Continuity: Without dependence on hardware, you can stay up and running in the event of a natural disaster, or any other unforeseen event.|
|Cost Control: Pay for only what you use through monthly or yearly subscription models. Also, reduce CapEx and enjoy more predictable operational expenses (OpEx).|
|Security: DaaS provides a secure access point for users and simplifies desktop and application management processes and procedures.|
|Top Benefits of Remote Working|
|Spin up hundreds or thousands of users quickly and cost-effectively, without bandwidth or security concerns|
|Minimize downtime concerns in the event of a disaster or other major event that prevents on-site working, particularly to ensure less impact to your end customers and your business profitability|
|Provision users with the same desktop experience and ancillary services as in the workplace|
Reduce on-premises infrastructure costs that impact CapEx, and shift to a more flexible and predictable OpEx model
Gain maximum business agility to ensure workers can be at their ultimate effectiveness at all times, even while traveling or deployed in the field
|Give staff the maximum amount of flexibility to promote the greater work-life balance and healthier living they seek|