Remote working is here to stay. It’s the new ‘business as usual’.
A key feature of remote working successfully is connectivity, but on more than one level.
Working apart can feel isolating for employees as they are separated from the company community and culture. Not only physically but also emotionally.
As a result, establishing policies and methods of keeping in touch and new ways of working together, is crucial.
Boosting morale, which in turn helps productivity.
Isolation is bad not only for workers, but it’s bad for business.
On another level, successful connection, and interconnection is needed between business platforms and applications. Companies are now racing to future proof not only their workforce but also their systems against cyber security threats.
Workers are increasingly needing to access sensitive information from outside the organisation’s firewalls. Existing solutions are costly to set up and administer, can be complex for the users, and cause bottlenecks in corporate IT infrastructure.
An increase in home working has lead to an increase in routers, mobile devices and personal computers accessing company data. Creating pressure on IT teams to agonise over not only the company network, but also hundreds (if not thousands) of other networks.
The Mobile Security Index 2021 reported that 40% of companies see mobile devices as their biggest security risk, and over three-quarters had come under pressure to sacrifice mobile device security to help meet deadlines and other business goals.
One solution has been to utilise a VPN to protect sensitive data travelling across the public internet. According to the Global VPN Report 2020, VPN usage has been on the rise since 2017 with now around 31% of internet users browse the internet with the help of VPNs.
Even though these private networks have grown in usage, if incorrectly configured, they can still expose and leave remote users exposed.
Ensuring employees are correctly using VPNs and also that their devices are updated and secure, is another gigantic task.
The focus could reasonably move to one of ‘zero trust’ – trust no one, defaulting to deny the access until the user has been verified, and only to specified applications or services.
Zero trust network access (ZTNA) allows companies to implement location or device-specific access control policies, to prohibit any unpatched or vulnerable devices from connecting to corporate services.
It also provides added security for corporate systems by shielding publicly visible IP addresses, using an encrypted tunnel.
But even this encrypted traffic could be vulnerable. Today, encrypted data traffic can be recorded and harvested, stored, to be cracked later when quantum computers are available to nation state funded projects and subsequently mainstream.
Is there a solution on the market that will help with all these security issues now, and in the future?
A solution that will also improve the connectivity of those working remotely?
CyberHive Connect is a new connectivity solution that provides post-quantum encryption, bringing a whole new level of cybersecurity, future proofing the protection of sensitive data. The technology is lightweight and easy to deploy, roll out can be achieved in minutes via any location using an app, reducing administrative burden.
It can even be tied to an individual application, thus providing some of the benefits of the much more expensive and complex ZTNA approach without the need to deploy it on every single application across an entire organisation.
By using point-to-point connectivity, it eliminates infrastructure bottlenecks that can cause frustrating slow-down of critical applications at peak times.
Another huge advantage is that in the event of an internet connection drop, Connect automatically re-joins within milliseconds minimising any disruption.
For more info on CyberHive Connect, and how it could support your business, contact [email protected]