Mobile Working and the Importance of Security
If you’re anything like me and are part of a business that promotes remote working, it may be worth brushing up on the dangers of this flexible new way to work.
Laptops, smartphones, cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are a few of the technologies that have allowed smaller businesses to gain access to high-end features that allow them to compete against larger enterprises.
Mobile working can save time, bring costs down, reduce stress levels, enhance productivity and make workers happier, making them feel more relaxed as they are able to work in a more flexible way. While embracing the flexibility of mobile working, it is important to consider the dangers that may come with it.
Risks of mobility:
IT managers are able to stop unauthorised applications, instant messaging services and web-based email accounts in the office but how can they keep the same level of control when contractors are logging in from home?
Remote workers may resist IT manager rules when they are asked to make changes to their home computers or given restrictions on what they can and cannot download.
With cybercriminals finding more diverse methods to nudge users to malicious websites it’s important to have the correct security solutions in place. Without them, a user’s personal computer could redirect viruses to the corporate network. There is also the threat of connecting to the office from an unprotected Wi-Fi hotspot such as a coffee shop.
URL filtering monitors and blocks access to unauthorised sites, enforces access policies and prevents access to certain file types such as MP3s.
A somewhat costly option to solve these issues is to provide workers with laptops accompanied with security solutions that can still be controlled from the office to ensure compliance and a safe computing environment.