If the pandemic has brought any major change in the world of business, then it’s in the way people work.
The centuries-old habit of working from the office has now been replaced with remote alternatives. However, as businesses find that not every employee is suited to work from home, they have devised a hybrid work model where employees can perform their tasks partly from home and partly from the office.
Naturally, this hybrid approach has pros as well as cons. While some employees find switching between home and office environs comfortable, others have trouble navigating this ecosystem. And then, there’s the issue of ensuring seamless connectivity while maintaining workplace security and digital integrity as well.
To make sure your business doesn’t struggle with that, here’s a short but comprehensive guide on how you can make hybrid work more effective and secure at the same time.
Let’s take a look.
Methods To Make Hybrid Work More Effective And Secure
1. Divide Work Time Based On Tasks
As the world shifts to a hybrid model of work, businesses are discovering that some tasks are more suited for office environments, while others can be done better from home. So, for better efficiency, divide office and homework times based on the nature of the task. For instance, meetings and presentations can be held in the office, while individual tasks can be completed from home.
2. Educate The Workforce About Security Best Practices
In today’s work of ubiquitous tech access, employees expect seamless connectivity wherever they work from. But, such flexible access may expose them to cyber-threats in novel ways. That’s why ensure your IT team is educating the workforce to ensure that the hybrid digital channels are secure at every point of access.
3. Ensure Physical Security
While digital security barriers such as firewalls and antivirus solutions are essential, physical data protection is also very much important. Employees should ensure that whether in the office or at home, digital devices such as laptops, flash drives, and external storage devices are kept secure, preferably under lock-and-key.
4. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
In a hybrid work environment, it can be challenging to ensure that the right person is accessing the right resources. To ensure this, enable multi-factor authentication at strategic layers of access in your business network. This will ensure better security as well as accountability.
5. Ensure Secure Access Using VPNs
Finally, educate employees on using VPNs, and provide one for them. Data is most vulnerable when on the move, and VPNs can provide a secure channel for data transfers between home and office work environments.
The hybrid-work model comes with its set of challenges and opportunities. If navigated carefully, this model can actually be more efficient than the usual office-work paradigm. Just keep in mind a few safety tips like the ones mentioned above, and your business processes should remain secure.
And in case you’re looking for a more professional approach to hybrid work security, contact us at Passcurity. Our digital experts will help you set up a hybrid work environment that’s safe and suitable for your business.