The Modern Workplace: Keeping Remote Workers Productive and Secure

The Modern Workplace: Keeping Remote Workers Productive and Secure

Results from the March 30, 2020, Gartner CFO Survey indicate that 74% of businesses intend to shift some employees to permanent remote work following their initial experience responding to current global conditions.

Regardless of recent world events, many workers already spend time on the job, while physically separated from the corporate campus. Sometimes they will use a work-provided computer, while other times they may opt for a personal device for convenience. In either scenario, it is imperative that businesses ensure remote workers are enabled with access to the tools they need to be productive, while keeping workers and corporate information safe.

Key Challenges to Enabling Remote Work

Businesses are having to enable remote-work capabilities faster than ever, yet their traditional security methods aren’t built to support this use case. Forcing remote work into a traditional, perimeter-based security model results in performance issues, a reduction in productivity and a poor overall user experience.

There are a number of challenges that companies will need to overcome to ensure that employees are enabled to work remotely, while remaining secure and productive:

Identifying authorized users.
Managing devices and publishing best practices for a diverse workforce.
Ensuring devices, managed or not, comply with the needed security standards.
Operationalizing remote security monitoring.

A new, cloud-delivered approach is needed to support the real-world use cases of working remotely.

Managing and Securing Access to Applications

Companies of all sizes have been grappling with secure access management in increasingly cloud- and mobile-first environments for several years. Aside from a few legacy services, the majority of heavily-trafficked enterprise applications are software-as-a-service (SaaS) based, sitting outside of the organization’s pe ..