During this pandemic, most organizations are still struggling to become fully functional, with innovation and experimentation, new ideas have emerged to help persevere the situation, one is to adopt the new concept of Hybrid workplace as a new way of working. There will always be an opportunity to work from shared workspaces especially when splitting time between the office and home. The use of laptops, smartphones, and tablets, has created a major potential issue when it comes to cybersecurity.
The main device security risks of hybrid working can be defined as:
Lost mobile devices. It is important that laptops, tablets, and smartphones are protected with passwords and strong encryption because it could expose corporate data and resources.
Lost paper documents. Traditional documents are still a security risk.
It is inevitable when you are working in a different location that some individuals might be listening in on video conversations, or snooping on passwords and other sensitive data.
Insecure Wi-fi networks. Even if Wi-Fi hotspots in public locations require a password, there is still a great potential risk of eavesdropping, malware and session hijacking.
Despite the device security risks, there are still benefits that a hybrid workplace grants to an ever-growing remote workforce. Some advantages are the following:
Increased Productivity. It helps employees to become more responsible and accountable.
Enables Distributed Teams. It improves cross-collaborate with teams to enhance efficiency and the quality of their work.
Reducing Operation Costs. Working remotely decreases the operating costs of physical office locations.
Reducing Commuting Costs. It helps employees financially as it gives them the option to work remotely and reduces their commuting expenses.
Shifting to the hybrid model can be easy so long as organizations provide a solid set of security policies enforced by trusted technologies and providers.