Remote work security has been a hot topic in the IT world for the past decade, and its importance has significantly increased since March of 2020. After COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic, organizations around the globe required or encouraged employees to work remotely.
IT teams were no longer tasked with securing the office perimeter alone, they had to rapidly secure every single endpoint and user accessing company resources from anywhere. This was (and still is) a challenging task, especially since 54% of IT professionals agree that remote workers pose a greater security risk than in-office workers.
The seismic shift away from a centralized office is unlikely to reverse completely as organizations recognize the value of remote work policies for boosting employee retention, productivity, and mental health. In the next five years, the number of remote workers is expected to remain nearly double what it was pre-pandemic.
IT Admins Must Drive the Future of Remote Security
As pandemic restrictions are lifted, many organizations are shifting to a hybrid workplace model and empowering employees with the flexibility to work both in-office and from home. IT admins looking to harden decentralized workforce security must consider both the end user and administrative experience when rolling out new protocols.
A great example of this is multi-factor authentication (MFA). It’s clear to most IT admins why MFA is a valuable layer of defense against a data breach. However, getting decision makers and end users on board is another story when their primary concern is ease of workflow. Many admins unfortunately meet resistance to MFA implementation attempts.
It ultimately falls upon IT to drive stakeholder education and create an organizational culture that values security. Rather than shouldering these tasks as a burden, admins can approach them as valuable opportunities to be at the forefront of keeping their organization secure. Easier said than done, right?
Join us for a live webinar on Tuesday, June 22nd at 12pm ET and learn how to execute a frictionless roll-out for security policies such as MFA. DoorDash’s IT Support Manager Jorge Herrera will share his experience leveraging user education, IT tool consolidation, and beta test strategies to beef up his organization’s security posture with minimal push-back.
Also joining the discussion will be JumpCloud Product Marketing Manager Chip Bell and Senior Product Manager Krishnan Ramachandran. Additional topics to be covered include:
- Deepening the conversation around security within an organization
- How to raise awareness of MFA and why passwords are not enough
- Seamless implementation tips for security best practices like MFA
- Keeping robust security simple for both users and IT admins