Building A Successful Hybrid Workforce

Apr 21, 2022 10:45:11 AM

In a recent survey conducted by IBM’s Institute of Business Value, more than 14,000 respondents voiced their opinions about a hybrid work model. The survey results portray a shift in employee expectations with their employers and an emphasis on greater work-life balance along with hybrid work flexibility. In today’s hyper-competitive job market, many organizations are looking at a hybrid work model to retain and recruit top talent while streamlining their operations. For IT organizations making the shift from in-office work to a hybrid workforce, this idea may sound a bit daunting. For those individuals, Versatile’s team of experts put together a few tips & tricks to help you with your transition into a secure and flexible hybrid work model.

Adopt Software as a Service (SaaS) where it makes sense - Cloud-based SaaS platforms can help IT Professionals strategically and efficiently resources in the cloud without worrying about the overhead that comes with hardware-based on-premise solutions. Ideal candidates for SaaS solutions could be services such as email, files, and telephony.

Deploy a cloud-based identity provider (IdP) that works with your SaaS platforms – Moving to SaaS platforms can quickly create a nightmare of usernames, passwords, and systems for IT administrators and users alike to manage. Integrating your SaaS platforms with a centralized identity provider (IdP) will allow you to leverage a single username and password across the SaaS stack of products. As a bonus, many of the IdP’s will offer the ability to layer on services like Multifactor Authentication (MFA) for increased security as well as centralized logging for greater administrative visibility and reporting.

Embrace security as an organization – Security should be top of mind in any solution that you deploy in your organization regardless of the industry or your organization's size. Poor & lacking security measures can be costly to your business and reputation. Consider adding the following security solutions to your environment

  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Cloud-Based Antivirus with Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) capabilities
  • Security Information & Event Management (SIEM) Solution for event monitoring and log retention
  • Security Orchestration Automation & Response (SOAR) to take immediate automated action on events
  • Implement security-minded solutions designed to protect your organization and team members against modern threats like phishing and ransomware
  • Frequent and recurring cyber training for team members will help prevent cyber incidents from happening

Enable secure remote access & management – A secure remote access solution will help make sure your private “in-house” information stays that way. Consider protecting your remote access solution with MFA as well!

Partner with a company like Versatile, who can evaluate your hybrid work model and create an actionable plan to meet your evolving business needs. Taking these steps will ease the transition in creating a successful Hybrid work environment all while staying secure and cost-effective at the same time.

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Greg Marts

Written by Greg Marts

Microsoft Practice Lead, Cloud and Systems Engineer at Versatile