COVID-19 – Enterprises Are Facing Challenges Due to a Massive Shift into Remote Working

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COVID-19 - Enterprises Are Facing Challenges Due to a Massive Shift

As the majority of organizations have shifted to remote working, there is an array of challenges that managers and IT leaders are facing on a daily basis

Enterprises are now tweaking their existing operating models that focus on unplanned, quick, and massive shifts to a remote workforce. There are several challenges organizations are facing as they have moved to a remote working model, over the past number of weeks. With so many changes in the operating model, companies are also facing many changes to the workforce, processes, and technology.

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The rise in the use of collaboration tools

Businesses across the globe are struggling with scaling collaboration tools due to a sudden increase in millions of employees shifting to working from home. A lot of enterprises are now conducting their official businesses over video or digital platforms. They need to have video and voice at the same time, while also sharing and using the data. This has caused some challenges for most organizations.

Staying safe against risky home networks

A majority of organizations had strict policies against employees connecting to corporate networks from home. However, with employees working from home, they had to discard the rule and allow them to connect to centralized corporate networking via home devices on home networks. The security teams are now finding it difficult to manage an exponential growth in physical and logical connections to an organization’s operating environment.

Increase in the safety of office desktops and laptops

People are working remotely and need devices as they don’t have office infrastructure. Enterprises are finding it challenging to figure out ways to provide employees with new devices that can be accessed from home while upholding security and compliance protocols.

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Lack of cybersecurity professionals

Enterprises were already struggling with the cybersecurity skills gap.  With an increase in the operational changes, companies are now asking their already limited cybersecurity teams to work extra hours to meet with the sudden demand.

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting organizations through difficult times; however, they should focus on basic cyber hygiene to avoid any security threats. Many of the basic cybersecurity measures still apply, but modern security technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) that can also help mitigate some of the concerns business leaders have.