The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed where and how we work, with businesses having to adapt to remote working as soon as lockdown measures were introduced back in March.
As we come out of the crisis, it could be argued that remote working will remain over the coming months and even into next year and beyond. This is to protect employees during a staged return to work and while social distancing measures are required, and because some will want to continue to work from home moving forwards. The likes of Shopify, Twitter and Facebook have all told employees they can now work from home ‘forever’ and smaller organisation will have to follow suit to offer the same work/life balance.
To facilitate remote working, businesses had to turn to new technologies and processes, and below we discuss what these are and how they can be used moving forwards. We will also talk about what businesses need to do to ensure that employees can work from home safely and securely from a cyber security perspective.
Network capacity:
According to the Office of National Statistics, 70% of the UK workforce (23.9 million people) had no experience of working from home prior to Covid-19 lockdown measures. But with businesses forced to send employees home, there was a huge surge in the demand being placed on IT infrastructures and networks not necessarily designed for remote working.
To cope, organisations were forced to upgrade systems to ensure they had sufficient bandwidth and licencing to handle the rise in VPN traffic. Organisations should maintain this increased network capacity over the coming months while employees are still working remotely and to ensure they are ready in the event of a second wave.
The good news is that network capacity can be dialled up and dialled down in line with demand, so organisations can

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