According to a BITKOM survey in March 2020, almost every other German worked from home. And that worked out better than many managers would have expected. So why, after the pandemic, should companies fall back into the pre-coronavirus working practices? In order to comply with social distancing rules and strengthen their own resilience in times of crisis, they will in future rely on a hybrid model that allows employees to switch flexibly between the office and working from home while ensuring they are ready to work at all times while on the road. The possibility of teleworking is very popular with employees. In an ESET survey, 31 percent of respondents said they wanted flexibility when it came to deciding whether they work from home or in the office.
The cloud plays an important role in the business continuity strategy of many companies. After all, remote working and collaboration require flexible computing capacities. Companies see the cloud and the digital workplace as important tools for strengthening their own resilience. At the same time, the cloud increases the risks: According to a recent Netskope study, 44 percent of all malicious threats target the cloud.
Because of this, cloud usage not only requires a variety of security mechanisms such as virus protection, encryption, password protection, advanced threat prevention, web security, content/URL filtering and firewalls. IT departments also need clarity regarding the security situation in all of their clouds.
Of course, the strict regulations of the GDPR for handling personal data also apply to teleworking. Employees everywhere must pay attention to data protection and data security. But what this means in specific terms is not clear to many. Because of this, a remote work code of ethics should be established in your company, which answers the most important questions regarding data protection and IT security. For example, do your employees know which company data is allowed to be stored on mobile devices - and which isn't? And that they need to separate business from private information on their devices? If your employees work with their private mobile devices, such as laptops and smartphones, your company also needs a BYOD policy.