Mobility and Remote Working
Technology as an enabler of 21st century working
The role of the CIO and the wider IT department is fast becoming one of enablement. As businesses look to adapt to the flexible working needs of varied workforces, remote access is at the forefront of strategic agendas. The challenge in creating a safe and secure environment which allows remote access, requires a rethink of existing infrastructure and services.
An enablement plan at the heart of the Network
Providing remote workers with access to applications and systems on corporate networks requires an assessment of the risks and controls required to protect company information and data.
IT leaders planning for remote working should include:
- Assessment of collaborative technologies which connect distributed teams such as voice, conferencing and messaging.
- Secure and safe VPN access to the corporate Network from remote devices.
- Firewall and AntiVirus protection on Networks.
- Provision of access to systems and applications as part of a Business Continuity Plan.
Transferring confidential company information over the public Internet is obvious. Corporate Virtual Private Networks provide private connectivity which can bypass many of the risks associated with public access routes.
Enabling this change in working practices requires secure Network design which allows for safe access.