How can you empower an increasingly remote workforce?
A growing number of employees are opting to work remotely from home or telecommute using mobile devices – more than 40% of employees are working from home a few hours a month or more, while 28% do so at least one day per week. (Forrester)
The ability to work from home or on the go from remote devices affords employees a much greater degree of freedom and flexibility since their ability to work is not restricted by their location. And the need to communicate face to face can be reduced by using a secure mobile video conferencing solution for collaboration that will enable remote workers to be connected to each other from anywhere and on any device.
Rather than providing a mobile workforce with company devices to carry out their work and communicate remotely, many organisations have found a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy allows employees to be more productive and flexible in their work, letting them work on the devices that they are comfortable and familiar with while simultaneously saving huge amounts on hardware costs.
However, if you have a BYOD policy in your organisation, you may have had to deal with the issues of security, infrastructure and employee compliance that come with such a policy.
How can you protect your company from these pitfalls? The solution centres on smart policy, compliance and a secure remote collaboration solution.
Videocall's ICE Video-as-a-Service is a simple to use, cloud-based, business grade, video conferencing infrastructure solution, which can enable teams to avoid the problems commonly associated with BYOD:
Security is a big issue with allowing BYOD in your organisation. The security needs of a mobile workforce can be broken into:
- Ensuring that the devices used to access the corporate network are safe and free of malware, spam, or applications that can compromise the corporate network or data
- Making sure all users and devices accessing the corporate network meet company policy
- Ensuring secure access and communication with proper encryption and data loss prevention
- Device-level security functionality such as remote wipe to ensure that action can be taken on non-compliant devices
- Visibility into users, devices and the applications they are running on the corporate network
When employees are collaborating remotely from disparate locations using a range of different devices and networks, there is a security risk, particularly if sensitive company information and data is being handled. Videocall’s ICE provides a secure and reliable service for room systems, desktops, and tablets alike that offers dependable security no matter what system or device it is used on.
With an influx of personal devices the IT department will need to add each one to the network, which can be extremely time consuming, and if not properly monitored and regulated, your company’s BYOD policy could put enormous strain on your IT department.
Available both self-service and manageable by our vNOC services, ICE is also fully scalable to suit enterprises of any size, and the option of a fully managed service can remove stress from your IT department.
ICE is device- and system-agnostic and enables users to enjoy secure and reliable ad hoc or scheduled video conferences on whatever device suits their needs, whilst taking advantage of a cloud-based infrastructure. Multiple video technology standards are accommodated, on any device and any network, meaning that it can accommodate your current infrastructure without the need for a huge technology overhaul.
With the rise of BYOD in the workplace, organisations will have to take steps to ensure they are properly equipped to deal with the influx of different devices and the shift in the way of working. Click below to download our whitepaper which looks at the issues around BYOD and how organisations can overcome these challenges to enable a more productive and efficient workforce, while simultaneously saving costs and driving ROI.