Flexible working and remote working are now more common across the majority of businesses.
This is not only down to homeworking during COVID. While lockdowns have enforced a more rapid embrace of remote working by businesses, the trend towards this business style was already well under way.
Home working, remote working and hybrid working offer great advantages to both employees and business owners:
- Less time wasted commuting.
- A better work-life balance.
- Less office resources wasted e.g., lighting, heating, rented office space.
- A larger pool of talent to choose from.
These factors combined with the necessity of more flexible home working options owing to the presence of viruses, such as COVID 19 will only result in home working becoming more normal.
However, this also heralds a rise in business cyber breaches.
Data breaches have already been on the rise for several years as attacks become more aggressive and sophisticated. Remote working has pushed this vulnerability to new heights.
2020 saw one of the biggest surges in business data breaches. The majority of this is down to human error. CEOs and C-suite executives surveyed report up to a 53% jump in data security breaches last year, up from 28% in 2018.
Devices at employees’ homes tend to be more vulnerable without IT staff on hand to monitor security protection software.
On top of outdated software and unprotected Wi-Fi systems, there is the shared nature of home devices. Children and older adults are statistically more likely to be manipulated by phishing attempts and other scams that rely on human error. Even if the employee is reliable, on a shared home device there is always a risk.
How Does Microsoft Autopilot and Microsoft Intune Offer Greater Protection?
Used in tandem they offer granular management of corporate hardware.
Not only can devices be easily sent to homeworking employees and set up remotely, but their usage can also be managed.
Managers have the ability to restrict what software can be used, what apps can be accessed and how data is shared between various apps on a device that staff might use in the home both for business and some personal use. There are a variety of extra security steps and restrictions you can add for homeworkers.
With Microsoft Intune and Autopilot, it is simple to lock and wipe devices that have been compromised while also ensuring they are unlikely to be misused in the first place.
The blend between the simplicity of use for staff and security is phenomenal. With Microsoft Autopilot, new hardware is fully configured before it arrives at their door, so all the end user need do is log in. However, there are a multitude of extra security features at your figure tips to ensure business data is safe. With Microsoft Autopilot, you can even have a specific device tied to one individual user. This means it will only function for that user. Therefore, even if a device is stolen or lost in transport, it will not work for anyone else.
Homeworking staff can connect straight to your corporate VPN and directory from their home Wi-Fi for extra security.