Last year, the COVID crisis made business connectivity and continuity the IT networking priority. This year? It’s securing remote workers -- and protecting the corporate network — as they morph into tomorrow’s hybrid workforce.
The future of work indeed is a hybrid model – where employees operate remotely a few days per week – as researchers predict more than a third (37%) of the post-pandemic workforce will remain out of corporate offices to some degree.1
These hybrid workers will want networks that enable fluid operations between field and corporate locations. Think of this progression to hybrid environments like a retailer launching numerous new stores, a restaurant chain opening multiple new franchises or a healthcare provider introducing new clinics in cities across a region. In terms of network operations – or NetOps – each remote work site becomes an edge location.
This increase in remote operations, in turn, increases cybersecurity risks, as cyber threats have risen 25% since the onset of COVID-19.1 And at a time when the average cost of a data breach approaches $4 million, not only is the productivity of your organization at stake, but the profitability of the business2.This means your organization’s IT staff becomes an indispensable player on the team creating a trusted hybrid workplace that is safe for staff, promotes employee collaboration from anywhere on any device, and is secure, with policies and protocols in place.
Per recent studies, securing remote workers in a hybrid networking environment will deliver short- and long-run benefits to your business along multiple dimensions:
While serving a hybrid workforce exponentially increases your IT team’s workload, providing a secure hybrid networking environment for remote workers delivers value to your IT team, too, along these dimensions:
Prioritization of your digital transformation efforts to secure remote workers in a fluid hybrid network environment involves 4 keys:
Each of these keys requires investments in terms of time, resources and funding as your organization updates policies, adopts new practices and upgrades solutions and equipment. But as described above, these investments will yield tangible, measurable returns for your business. Intangible rewards will materialize, too, as interacting with your highly productive, satisfied remote workforce improves your customers’ experiences.
In sum, when you invest in a secure hybrid network environment, everyone wins – your customers, your employees, your business and your IT team.
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