Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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3 Steps to Creating a Secure Hybrid Workspace Using Your Network

With the pandemic slowly retreating, the return to the workplace is underway, but it is accompanied by a plethora of emotions. There is the joy of in-person meetings; the awkwardness of physical interactions; the awareness of things we have lost; and the determination to keep your staff and customers safe during the transition.

Having realized the potential of remote work, businesses are trying to improve their employees’ productivity safely through a new form of work, “Hybrid Workspace.” A term that refers to a combination of working from home, remote, onsite, and almost anywhere. Cloud-based solutions are a crucial element of hybrid workspaces as they offer connectivity and access between users, devices, and applications, and data.

As someone working in the IT industry, you might not realize your ability to contribute to these efforts. However, there is a lot you can do with your current network to help build a secure hybrid workplace.

#1 – Create a Balanced Work Experience

Having great conversations and partnerships is vital to ensuring employee well-being. Business owners and managers knew how to carry it out efficiently before the pandemic in an office-only environment. Even in the case of a remote-only work environment, people worked together to figure it out. However, the hybrid environment poses a new challenge as offering everyone the same great experience is difficult.

Your play a critical role in delivering the same, secure, and reliable connections for people working from anywhere—from dining rooms to cafes, meeting rooms, and everywhere in between. This makes it easier for staff to connect and stay productive—regardless of where they are working from. Suddenly, your wired and wireless network becomes your organization’s most significant strategic assets.

#2 – Secure the Cloud

Hybrid workplaces mainly leverage cloud software and services to tap into accessibility and scalability. Nevertheless, many organizations think that the providers are the only party responsible for the security of the cloud environment.

However, according to Gartner, nearly 99 percent of cloud security failures will result from customers’ fault by 2025.

Organizations are equally responsible for controlling their public cloud use. For instance, when they use free cloud services, they are highly likely to share sensitive data across these platforms.

Though cloud service providers offer security systems and servers, businesses are also responsible for ensuring their data’s safety and security. A few steps to secure information in cloud environments include monitoring and controlling access to files, using strong passwords and encryption, assessing your current data, and educating your staff.

#3 – Embrace the Zero-Trust Policy

Perhaps the best way to deal with the complexity of on-premises and remote workers alongside the systems is to adopt a zero-trust policy. Though it is a simple notion, it helps ensure hybrid work and the prevalence of the cloud doesn’t put your company data in danger.

You can’t automatically trust devices or users within the company network. Additionally, IT admins shouldn’t simply rely on the company perimeter security. “Never trust, always verify,” make this your motto.

You should provide individualized access rights to employees, manage access needs carefully, authenticate devices regularly, and perform network segmentation. Leveraging measures like MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication), end-to-end encryption, and network detection will help keep your business data secure.