Asking the question – Are businesses equipped for long-term hybrid working?
It’s a work in progress. We’re still figuring out employee appetite for it. We’re building flexibility into our plans to adapt to whatever eventuality. We don’t know yet. We’ve always accommodated it. We want people back in the office. We don’t care if people are in the office.
These are some of the common responses to the question, ‘What are your long-term plans to hybrid or flexible working?’
And to be fair, these are all very reasonable responses in what is still both a fluid situation and an uncertain one when it comes to employee appetite for hybrid in the medium to long term. We simply don’t know how people will feel with some distance between the easing of restrictions and the eventual end of the pandemic. Will people miss the social interactions of the office? Will people want greater separation between homelife and work life?
Knowns versus Unknowns
While we don’t know how people will feel about hybrid or remote working in 2023, for example, we do know there are legitimate considerations, concerns and levels of preparedness for the security and infrastructure parts of whatever path companies take today. Whether at home or in the office, each company must ensure that as well as connecting staff and enabling them to work effectively, they are properly managing and securing their network.
The reality is people are going to be distributed to some extent, therefore organisations need to manage their approach to not just connect but protect, analyse and act. This experience also always needs to be managed effectively and thoroughly – an approach that spans everybody, everything and every device.
To unearth some insights into companies’ preparedness for the future (whatever it looks like), Auxilion and Aruba commissioned a survey of IT Decision makers. We wanted to learn more about their attitudes, opinions and sentiments towards securing the network, engaging the workforce and driving business success.
- 97% of respondents think remote or hybrid working would be part of the workstyle for their organisation going forward as restrictions continue to ease
- Only 39% feel their organisation is well equipped for long-term hybrid working
- 45% are not confident in their company’s ability to manage and secure remote staff’s home environments
- Biggest security concern for remote working cited as same security posture remotely
- Most common response to remediate network incidents is monitoring the network
In terms of the biggest security concerns for the hybrid model, additional responses revealed these to be ransomware/malware (60%), untrusted/shared networks (38%) and weak passwords (26%).
Perhaps, unsurprisingly, respondents said that one of the biggest challenges for businesses when employees return to a hybrid workplace is having adequate IT security measures for devices across multiple locations.
While the future of working might still be uncertain and many are figuring it out as they go, what we do know is staff need to be supported to be productive and organisations need to protect their systems and data.
You can download the full ‘Secure Hybrid Working Report 2021′ here