The trend toward a mobile, distributed workforce, including working from home, has been underway for many years. Unfortunately, sudden events like COVID-19, the disease caused by Coronavirus, can shine a harsh spotlight on the need to provide a more comprehensive workforce access and productivity solution than what many companies have in place currently. Organizations like Google, Microsoft and Amazon have already encouraged employees to work from home. And JPMorgan Chase, as a precautionary measure for contingency planning, asked 10% of its entire workforce to work from home to test their global remote access capabilities.
To fully enable a productive remote workforce, organizations need to make working from home seamless. They need to offer a smooth user experience while making sure that systems and data remain secure. In order to evaluate whether your remote working procedures are effective, here are a few questions to consider:
- Is your organization moving towards an enterprise-wide Zero Trust strategy, or are you still relying on your network as your main security perimeter?
- Does your organization have strong, intelligent authentication mechanisms in place beyond passwords?
- Is your organization prepared for a majority of your workforce to work remotely? Can they use their own devices?
- Can your organization control access beyond the network to the application, data and API layers?