Why the mobile office needs a new approach to security


In today’s modern business world, working remotely has become the norm thanks to technologies such cloud computing, machine-to-machine solutions or the Internet of Things. As Madeline Bennett from the Telegraph describes, “flexible working is no longer an option for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – it is a must.”
Telegraph - Madeline Bennett

She continues, “However, the flipside is that staff in organisations of all sizes is now coming to expect their employers to offer access to the latest technologies to help them get their job done and achieve a better work-life balance. Smaller companies can no longer expect to retain staff by chaining them to a desk.” 
Mobile working offers a lot of benefits to SMEs organisation: saving costs on office space and equipment, better work-life balance for employees due to more flexibility and thus creating a more productive and efficient work environment.  Madeline adds, “Even the smallest of companies is able to access advanced systems like machine-learning and data analytics, allowing them to compete with their larger counterparts.” 
However, this new development comes with a crucial downside as well: security issues. In the article, Madeline refers to “New research from T-Systems, the corporate IT arm of Deutsche Telekom, highlights how lax cyber security among mobile workers is creating hidden back doors into business networks.” 
In the research, “Among the 2,000 UK workers surveyed, only 12pc were consistently undertaking basic cyber security good practice at home, with the vast majority regularly putting themselves and their employers at risk from attack.” 
To read more about the security issues of mobile working and what you can do to prevent it, click here for the full article. 
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