SMOAD Networks

September 14, 2021

How to adapt to a hybrid work model?

The work place challenges are getting tougher with the new norms of work from home setting in. Though, to a certain extent it was experimented in the past, transferring a huge number of work force into the new system has led to greater security constraints. Recent research reveals that financial sector is the most affected during the pandemic due to their inability to adapt to hybrid work model as the risks are high.

Recently, the HSBC CEO has embraced hybrid work model and says that there are lessons to be learned from the past 18 months’ experience. The CEO says that over 70% of HSBC employees who prefer hybrid model want three days a week in the office. This way the bank plans to cut on 40% of office space thereby saving on their overheads. Meaning the savings can be used to update their remote working security system.

So, what are the security risks to be combated while adapting a hybrid work model?

Working from a remote setup means the employees are connecting from an unsecured network. This means the company is unsure who is on the other side of the network. To address this risk the employees are trained in remote management tools but this may not be sufficient to plug the security gaps in the remote work environment.

The data in an organization can be divided into shareable and sensitive. When you want to share sensitive information via online conferencing and collaboration platforms, tools like TLS and 256 encryption can protect both static and dynamic data. SMOAD devices provide a seamless set of solutions to empower your business with uninterrupted connectivity. Moreover, the SMOAD SD-WAN provides centralized control over networks. SMOAD plugs lag and intrusive IPs from external networks keeping your data safe from the hands of malicious users.

A sturdy security infrastructure is the key to successful business. The overlaps in the office and home network setups and the use of recreational platforms like WhatsApp, online portals, online video conferencing portals are reason for 80% of the phishing attacks. Installing a secure sandbox to access data and application is a way to prevent breaches. Use of advanced Firewall protection and MAC address filtering can plug in vulnerabilities.