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Managing Mobile Workers

Post by Peter McCalister May 19, 2011

According to a Runzheimer survey released last month, 45 percent of today’s workforce is mobile. For companies, having such an extensive number of remote employees can provide a number of great advantages, but it has plenty of downsides too.

Among the top concerns of enterprise executives is being able to effectively manage the mobile workforce to ensure maximum productivity and control the distribution of data. IT mangers have indicated that it is a lot more challenging to keep remote employees informed of security policies and initiatives. And on top of that, mobile workers are significantly more likely to access dangerous content than those in the office. Additionally, when employees bring their own personal mobile devices into the office network fray, security management can seem like a nightmare.

But it’s not all bad. By combining the deployment of up-to-date security solutions with instituting best practices and compliance standards, organizations have a golden opportunity to capitalize on all of the positive aspects of a mobile workforce, while minimizing the potential for data losses, breaches, or even worse. Part of companies’ mobile security strategy should also include implementing a least privilege solution, ensuring that remote workers can only access the data and perform the computing functions needed to do their jobs. Employees can’t lose what they can’t access.

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