One of the biggest challenges to this new workplace is obviously security as the number of end users who are working remotely and on-the go has increased exponentially. If businesses are to gain lasting benefits from hybrid working, security can’t simply be left to the IT team. As mainstream technologies evolve so too does cybercrime, the technologies seeking to breach them (such as hacking and phishing and more that trick employees into giving access to the corporate network). For today’s IT leaders this is a challenge to demand modern devices from their trusted technology partners that deliver an intuitively productive experience to employees while helping protect digital assets and keep sensitive data private. With breaches now happening both above and below the OS, we need intelligent solutions that prevent, detect and respond to threats wherever they occur.
A secure digital workplace environment through intrinsic security: To accomplish this, security must be built into the hardware and solutions that employees rely on and considered holistically across an organization’s entire technology strategy, rather than approached separately.
An intrinsic security approach incorporates security into the deepest level of your hardware—even below the operating system level—to ensure devices and infrastructure are safely deployed and managed. This approach factors in users, IDs, devices, assets and data across apps and clouds to help identify risk and prevent threats across the digital workplace.
A scalable hybrid cloud strategy: Legacy, on-premises systems are giving way to a connected, multi-cloud approach that enables your organization to easily scale to meet its changing needs and priorities.
More than 80% of organizations report they use more than one cloud today, while many organizations plan to deploy private cloud infrastructure in the next 12 months. However, it’s important to have the flexibility, visibility and control to use the right cloud for the right workload at the right time based on your organizational and application requirements. An effective multi-cloud approach allows an organization to leverage flexible consumption and as-a-Service models to deliver the performance and outcomes users require to perform their roles from anywhere.
A modern networking experience: The right path for connectivity may look different now as we move effortlessly between work locations. To compete in today’s accelerated world, a digital workplace requires a digital network that can keep up with the data-intensive needs of users and applications.
Is “Working from Anywhere” here to stay?
It’s tempting to simply say, “Time will Tell”! The digital workplace is relatively new. What started as a temporary solution to an enormous undefined challenge has grown to where it has become a part of how many organizations now operate. The way in which hybrid is now defined varies from organization to organization, and from position to position and this is what some business leaders are saying:
- 42% say: “Hybrid working covers employees being able to work in any location that suits them, whether that be the office, at home or another workspace”
- 38% say: “Hybrid working is the balance between employees working in the office and at home”
- 18% say: “Hybrid working is where an organization allows employees to work from home when they need to, but the majority of the time, employees are in the office”
Technology has long been at the center of any modern organization, but its importance has been truly amplified with the move to hybrid. Yet, having invested in the technology and experiencing the many benefits of the hybrid workforce, such as increases in employee satisfaction, well-being, and improved productivity and efficiencies, it’s clear that the technology will continue to be developed and empower the future of work. It’s now essential that organizations have technologies like the cloud, intelligent devices, and collaboration tools. The right technology enables collaboration and innovation from anywhere, as and when organizations need it.
Barring, of course, another global disaster to redefine our lives.
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Written by Jane Pratt