Working From Home (WFH) is rapidly becoming the new norm. Despite the easing of lockdowns across the globe, businesses and enterprises still want to stick with WFH. A major benefit is reduced administrative expenses such as utilities and rent.
So far as productivity is concerned, remote employees that were provided the right tools to execute their tasks remained either equally or even more efficient. This is yet another factor that is contributing to the continuation of work from home.
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Recent WFH Trends
A recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom (UK) revealed that 1 of every 3 office workers want to continue working from home. A poll conducted by Gallup in the US revealed a similar trend, where only 1 in 4 workers wants to return to the workplace.
So far as employers go, the situation depicts a similar trend. According to a recent survey conducted by Gartner, 82% of company leaders plan to let their employees work remotely at least for some of their total working hours or days.
Maturing Work from Home Protocols
By now, we are surely in the second phase of this whole work from home exercise. The first phase was all about setting employees up for remote work by providing them with the minimal level of functionality in the shortest possible time.
In this maturing stage of WFH practices, organizations face a new daunting challenge ahead, which is primarily composed of two vital components. The first is replacing make shift WFH productivity and collaboration tools with more reliable platforms.
The second vital component is ensuring cyber security of the newly incorporated remote work tools and protocols to safeguard data and privacy. A further extension of this challenge is meeting the ever increasing regulatory compliance around data.
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Changing Perceptions around WFH
Initially, WFH was being considered a makeshift arrangement that would soon be rolled back. However, as the Covid-19 pandemic intensified, these timelines kept on being extended and finally, we are in the new WFH paradigm for the last many months now.
The first thing in securing your IT infrastructure starts with changing the perception of your IT managers as well as employees about this new norm. In the new situation, WFH is positioned to become a permanent reality, so the thinking around it needs to change.
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WFH and Cloud Services
It won’t be an overstatement that cloud is the most suitable technology platform for attaining a secure and reliable remote work posture. It is exactly due to this natural suitability that demand for cloud powered services has skyrocketed lately.
The Cloud Solutions, such as the ones offered by dinCloud, are an ideal fit for organizations planning a sustainable transition to working from home. Whether its data, processes or applications, the cloud is proving to be a highly conducive platform for WFH plans.
How to Attain Security in the Cloud?
As we have already highlighted the need for changing perceptions, cyber security will now have to be incorporated at the architectural layer. This security first approach revolves around reassessing your entire IT framework and workloads.
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Holistic Approach to Cloud Security
In the new WFH normal, you will have to secure every aspect of the architecture, whether it’s on premise hardware, cloud infrastructure or your employee’s endpoint devices. Any weakness in this entire chain will expose your IT infrastructure to security risks.
Now, you require an all encompassing set of cyber security tools and solutions that oversee every component of your architecture as a whole. Due to the enhanced threat surface in WHF, you also need a certain degree of automation to repel and mitigate threats.
Enterprises that want to embrace a sustained work from home architecture will need to rethink their cyber security posture and protocols from scratch. A holistic approach to cyber security is the only way forward.
If your enterprise wants a secure and reliable work from home platform, look no further than dinCloud’s Industry Leading Cloud Solutions that include, but are not limited to Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops (dinHVD), Servers and Databases.
Contact Us for your remote work needs and our dedicated cloud experts will craft an optimal solution that fits your existing and future WFH needs.