The arrival of COVID-19 saw a significant shift in businesses moving their teams to remote working set-ups. In many instances the shift to remote working was rushed with a defined focus on connectivity and accessibility, but for some organisations it meant the security implications of a distributed workforce were either forgotten or merely an afterthought.
Now that we’re all relatively acclimatised to remote working it’s a trend that’s likely to stay; employees enjoy the flexibility while many employers have seen significant improvements in productivity paired with a noticeable reduction in overhead costs. Due to these benefits, it looks like remote working will become the new ‘norm’ for most – so it is more important now than ever to be thinking about long-term solutions for secure connectivity.
What is Secure Connectivity?
Secure connectivity is vital for a functioning and sustainable mobile workforce. This means providing the appropriate level of access and authentication for each employee to ensure the prevention of data loss and best-practice cybersecurity - all while enabling your team to continue collaborating regardless of their physical location.
Secure connectivity is a broad term that encapsulates the need for multiple connected devices and/or individuals to have their network services protected from a variety of cyber threats. In a team of employees who work from different physical locations but need access to the same online resources (which may be on the public or private cloud), there’s the need to mask and verify the network to minimise the risk of external attack vectors penetrating the network.
Solutions such as VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) systems allow for data to remain encrypted, require a level of verification to access network features and resources, and offer control over access.
These services may also provide the option to grant and deny access to various applications for different users, inspect any traffic that is coming through the network, and manage various devices all in a streamlined and efficient manner.
Why Does Secure Connectivity Matter?
Companies with remote workers need to have the controls at their disposal for managing all of their technical resources without fear of malicious software corrupting their network. Secure connectivity is the exciting, viable solution to this problem, with innovative cloud-based SASE services and traditional VPNs eliminating concerns over data mismanagement.
At Landmark Computers, we are always looking to provide businesses with the best advice, customer service and security software for their computers. If you would like to learn more about secure connectivity and how it could benefit your business, then reach out to us on 1300 133 165.