THE NEW NORMAL TO REMOTE WORKING
While we are still finding our way to cope and adjust to life with Covid-19, people who are unable to work from home have been given the green light to return to their jobs as part of the Government’s gradual plan to get the economy back on track.
Here at E & L Consultancy Group we focus on all matters relating to IT Security and Data Protection.
Lets dive into the new normal of a massive proportion of the population now working from home, which may outlast this official lockdown. Many in the workforce in the UK and other countries have turned their homes into “do-it-yourself offices”, but what’s plundering on the mind is just how long are we expected to work remotely remains an open question. Companies for the first time have shifted to remote working and are facing new challenges as they try to provide support and structure to their employees.
Several challenges include lack of business communications, productivity, limited access to resources and interaction – shared ideas, coordinating tasks, feeling part of a team. To overcome some of the challenges that remote working brings, organisations need to provide the right technology systems to enable employees to work from any location at any time for the foreseeable future.
IMPORTANCE OF DATA TO YOUR COMPANY
All companies have data, personnel files, customer data, product information, financial transactions etc., data is one of the most important resources for any organisation. For this reason alone, data protection should be a top priority for any company. This includes protecting the availability of the data to employees who need it, the integrity of the data (keeping it correct and up-to-date) and the confidentiality of the data (the guarantee that it is only available to those who are authorised).
With regards to customers, ensuring their data is held safe is the minimum people will expect along with an adequate data policy builds trust, as this safeguards a businesses reputation.
The execution of GDPR introduced another layer of importance to data security, making it not only a business requirement but also a legal requirement. GDPR requires organisations to implement suitable technical procedures to be able to demonstrate the processing of data is performed in accordance with the Regulations.
An important part of these measures is security awareness training (see our April Issue here). Employees need to be aware of the importance of keeping to the data security procedures and processes. Clumsy handling of data can result in data breach. It can instantly destroy decades of trust built up with clients and customers within days.
“For businesses it’s also worth remembering that complying with data protection laws is essential, even during the worst pandemic for 100 years”
DELIVERING A SECURE TECH SUPPORT
As businesses adapt to life in lockdown security remains a major concern in the world of data protection.
Whether or not businesses will need large office spaces in the future, the majority may always need an office of some sort, as it is a way to cultivate culture and a way of providing a central point to bring people together.
Balancing employees needs to work effectively with least possible disruption will be a challenge. It is critical, however that when remote working organisations understand data privacy and compliance needs to be at the fore, backed by end-to-end encryption, should be a priority.
E & L Consultancy Group support organisations and staff with additional IT security measures to ensure all employees are secure as though they are based in the office. GDPR and IT Security training is vital to any organisation during this transitional period, therefore, we conduct bespoke training guides or training sessions. Having the right technology in place will help to effectively support the workforce; empowering them to embrace flexible working but also work in a way which is easiest and most productive for them.
Long term – our goal is to prepare organisations for an ICO Audit. Our team will work with you to find the right balance between your business objectives, your legal obligations and IT support.