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Secure a Mobile Workforce

Posted by: Today's Tip Contributor on November 26, 2010

Some 2.8 million Americans now work permanently from home offices. An estimated 38 million Americans, or 37 percent of the total U.S. workforce, telecommute at least once a month. Couple this with the significant number of mobile professionals (such as those working in sales and support)—and the ever-increasing legions of knowledge workers accessing sensitive corporate information on mobile devices—and the numbers become staggering.

For the most part, telecommuting and the onset of the virtual or mobile office has been a positive development, both in terms of employee productivity and cost reduction. However, one by-product of the proliferating mobile workforce is the challenge that companies of all sizes face in ensuring that their most-sensitive customer and corporate information is secure.

To that end, here are five steps your company can implement quickly, easily, and for the most part, cost-effectively:

1. Deploy security to check endpoint devices for anti-spyware and anti-malware.

2. Ensure that user devices adhere to defined corporate security policies before, during, and after network connection.

3. Encrypt sensitive data and log file access to ensure that data is not compromised if a mobile device is lost or stolen.

4. Automatically filter and delete SMS spam by setting up predefined, configurable settings on mobile devices.

5. Restrict network access by noncompliant or potentially inflected devices.

Mike Tavares
Director of Engineering
Integration Partners
Lexington, Mass.

Reader Comments


November 26, 2010 10:36 AM

With homes being so expensive in the city areas, and traffic being such an issue it makes sense for employers to have employees work from home more frequently.
First, there is so much wasted time that we spend in traffic. In addition, we are so tired from getting up early to beat the traffic that work production suffers. Second, employers would have a larger pool of employees to draw from. Third, a happy employee makes a hard worker, and a dedicated worker. Fourth, you wouldn't have to worry about parking spaces, showing up for work on time, and seeing an increase in medical expenses; days off from being sick. However, on the down side, businesses may expect more work from the already overworked employee, and security would be an issue.


November 29, 2010 11:14 AM

Ask yourself what your goals are in participating in networking meetings so that you will pick groups that will help you get what you are looking for. Some meetings are based more on learning, making contacts, and/or volunteering rather than on strictly making business connections.

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