Security and Remote Workers: A Modern Tale

A 2017 Gallup poll found that 43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely. The modern work environment has changed drastically over the past five years and with this in mind we must, as an industry, strive to offer enterprise-grade protection to all of our employees, their devices, and their home networks.

Remote Workers Are Here to Stay – and For Good Reason

Both employees and companies benefit when workers are given the right to work remotely – whether on a regular basis or as-needed. The remote setup benefits everybody involved, despite the famous example of the now-ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who made headlines back in 2013 by banning Yahoo employees from working remotely, and more recently, IBM.

For employers, the benefits are clear: you pay much less for office space and employee parking, since your on-site team is smaller and, most importantly – you can employ a much more diverse and varied workforce.

The ability to hire from anywhere in the world means that you can hire people with completely different backgrounds and different realities. That capability translates almost immediately to your customers, who have equally varied realities and cybersecurity challenges. It’s a win-win.

The New York Times ran an interesting article that suggested that the ability to work remotely can also help close the gender gap. That flexibility helps allow women, who traditionally carry a heavier responsibility for caregiving, to bring their talents and genius into the workplace without having to be away from home.

Case in point: Cylance is made up of nearly 50% remote workers, affording us the freedom to work from home offices and coffee shops around the world. This freedom benefits both employees and employer. Remote workers have ample time to do hours more work than many of (Read more...)

This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by The Cylance Team. Read the original post at: Cylance Blog