Minimising the risks of a work-from-anywhere workforce

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Within the widespread disruption to businesses in 2020-2022, we’ve seen the rapid acceleration of the trend towards a work-from-anywhere workforce. This trend will only gather pace as organisations continue to adapt and optimise these new ways of working. 

For tech leaders there is a growing realisation that a geographically dispersed workforce has become the new normal. This trend is one that appears to be welcomed by the workforce for the most part.  

Simultaneously, cybercriminals around the world have seized the opportunity to use the ongoing disruption of the workforce to their advantage. We know IT and security teams have been balancing the need to empower a work-from-anywhere workforce, while also protecting, users and devices from an array of cyberthreats.  

As the hybrid workplace is here to stay, business and IT leaders need to have sustainable solutions for keeping employees and their devices secure.  

Moving to a zero-trust security approach

These days we have a host of cloud applications accessing our data from devices across a variety of locations, creating an exponentially larger attack surface.  But what does the zero-trust security approach really mean? Check out Spirit’s latest article to get a breakdown without any IT jargon!  

We know that over 70% of database breaches were due to privilege abuse within an organisation, according to Verizon’s 2021 Data Breach Investigation report. This has sparked the transition to a zero-trust security approach – we shouldn’t automatically trust anything or anyone inside or outside our network perimeters.   

Adopting multi-factor authentication

Research from Virginia Tech has found that more than 50% of people are still reusing the same password due to password fatigue. Protecting our business’ most sensitive data with only single passwords is now like leaving the keys in the door with a “free data” sign.   

This is why multi-factor authentication has become a must-have for any business taking cyber security seriously.  

Leveraging the best possible endpoint security

Regardless how robust our network and database security is, an attacker only needs to compromise one user’s device in order to gain access to the crown jewels of our organisation’s sensitive data.  

Endpoint security such as patching and antivirus are still valuable, but organisations also need to consider purchasing devices that are shipped with advanced in-built security features.  

To ensure your workforce is protected in any location, the HP EliteBook range of PCs are equipped with the most advanced in-built device security features on the market today, including:  

  • HP Sure Sense – Harnesses the power of deep-learning AI to identify and quarantine never-before-seen attacks.  
  • HP Sure Click  – Protects from websites and attachments with malware, through hardware-enforced security.  
  • HP Sure Start Gen5 – Firmware attacks can completely devastate your PC – stay protected with this self-healing BIOS.  

Trident has been helping organisations in every industry to adapt their technology environment to the new demands of managing a hybrid workforce. Through our partnership with HP, we can bring you high performing and highly secure devices that empowers your employees to be productive and work safely in any location – including the ultra slim HP EliteBook range of notebooks and convertible notebooks, powered by Intel® 11th Generation Core™ Processors1, that adapt to all the ways you create, connect, and collaborate—and is highly secure and easily managed for the enterprise.  

Get in touch with us today to discuss the solutions your organisation needs for staying connected and secure. 

1 Intel, the Intel logo, the Intel Inside logo and Intel Core are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries. 

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