The Mobile Workforce Is Here-Is Your Business Ready?

Steve Lalla, VP & GM, Commercial Client Software & Solutions, Dell
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Steve Lalla, VP & GM, Commercial Client Software & Solutions, Dell

There’s no doubt that connected devices are “always on”, changing the way people interact with each other and the world around them.

Mobile computing has also shifted the way we conduct business, blurring the lines of the traditional 9-5 workday, as well as how we spend time in-and-out of the office. According to the Dell Evolving Workforce Study, 50 percent of employees globally check work email or take work calls after business hours, and employees spend an average of two hours each week working in public places.

Of course, growing mobility means that there is also a growing amount of critical data being stored on both corporate-owned and personal devices. Without the right protections, if a worker’s device is lost or stolen, whoever obtains it could gain access to sensitive corporate information. Worse still, if the worker connects the device to an unsecured network or falls for a phishing scam, it opens the door for a data breach.

The unfortunate truth is that employee error remains one of the largest threats to data security. With employees moving data from secure devices to personal mobile devices, the cloud, or USB drives, many organizations are finding that security solutions, which focus on protecting business data are the most efficient way to enable a mobile workplace.

Securing the Mobile Workforce

A key aspect of the mobile and BYOD strategies that Dell assists with is finding ways to secure and manage company data, wherever it is being stored or accessed.

Securing the data makes it possible for employees to access your company’s intellectual property or customer data safely from any device, no matter where they are, as long as the conditions for authorization are met. That authorization is the key element, because a data security strategy involves controlling and documenting the context of data use.

  ‚ÄčThe unfortunate truth is that employee error remains one of the largest threats to data security   

With a solid end-point security strategy in place, you will have visibility into and control over who is trying to access data, what data the user wants to access, when the request is generated, where the user is located, and why the user is trying to gain access.  

For organizations in sectors where security is paramount, another reliable way to boost an IT departments’ control over data and applications is through desktop virtualization, or cloud client computing. This approach allows data to be securely housed in the data center instead of the endpoint, providing easy access by authorized employees.

Regardless of the size of your business, it’s essential that data and endpoint security are part of the conversation. Ensuring your employees feel empowered to collaborate and work freely—a pivotal part of any modern workplace, which is why choosing and deploying a security strategy that suits your needs has become one of the most important business decisions you can make.

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