This may be the single biggest concern you may have to address when looking at WFH. When your employees are working in your offices, you control their methods of access to company data. For example, when they are on-site, they access through a network you have secured. They visit via tablets, PCs and mobile devices that your IT department maintains. In other words, you have much greater control over data security. Once access goes remote, data security becomes a bigger challenge.
Here are just three examples.
1. Employee knowledge of the potential risks to your data may be limited. Employees aren’t trained as experts in data security and are probably unaware of the many ways data may be compromised. As a result, when left on their own, they may be far more likely to inadvertently take actions that compromise your data or create vulnerabilities that would not be possible when on-site. As a result, if you go to WFH, you will have to provide ongoing training to everyone about the potential risks to company data and their responsibility to maintain secure behaviors