The security of telecommuting and cloud-proof IT structures

Telework is now presented as a generalized professional mode.

If before the coronavirus pandemic some companies had difficulty adopting the remote collaboration model, today it is a fact, everyone literally switches to telework which has many advantages. However, we will not forget that remote collaboration weakens the security of businesses. That's why cybersecurity experts have focused on raising awareness and recalling investments in the IT sector.

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"It is now clear, especially in times of crisis, that companies must be able to empower their employees to work from anywhere – and in the present situation, from home. Otherwise, their activities may be shut down – not only in the event of containment, but also in the event of fire, flooding or other force majeure events on their premises. Serge Niango, Head of Sales Engineering at Citrix.

Telework is not known to have started with coronavirus. But the massive shift of companies bers this mode of collaboration is of course recent. Today 76% of French people show that they are in favour of remote collaboration according to a study by Happydemics. In addition, only 24 percent of employees and 21 percent of managers are in full-time return to work. Yet 57% of French employees prefer part-time telework and work in the office the rest of the time. About 3 days of remote work per week.

"The resilience of the company always involves at least the people who are essential to the immediate operation of the activities and, ideally, all employees. Resilience has long been not considered a telework priority: companies allowed their employees to work from home simply because it speeded up workflows and increased productivity while facilitating work-life balance. That's why, even before the crisis, an increasing number of users were accessing the company's resources remotely – from home, hotels, airports or trains. Serge Niango notes.

In addition, there is a growing use of cloud services to foster remote collaboration. This has helped to amplify the trend of telework. 70% of companies located in the EMEA area use one or more cloud services according to an IDG study. According to INSEE, 69% of companies in France use the cloud for file storage. 61% for messaging services.

"After storage and messaging, security will in turn migrate to the cloud. In other words, the features designed to secure the use of distributed resources will merge with those designed to speed up remote access to create a unified cloud service. Analysts and market specialists are also seeing a strong enthusiasm among French companies for SASE strategies, or "Secure Access Service Edge", a model that consolidates network and security services within a cloud architecture to protect users, applications and data, regardless of their location. But after all, it's mainly concerns about data security and information sovereignty that have long slowed the adoption of cloud offerings. Serge Niango points out.

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