3 Potential Network Weaknesses that Impact Work-from-Home Employees
The sudden shift to remote work models has revealed weaknesses in many corporate networks. In an IDC study of enterprise networking decision-makers conducted in May and June of 2020, 84 percent of respondents said employees are unable to access applications at least weekly due to network connectivity issues. More than half (51 percent) said employees cannot access applications multiple times a week, with 11 percent reporting that this problem occurs daily.
These issues are not surprising given the sheer number of remote workers. Survey respondents said that 52.7 percent of employees are now working from home, compared to just 6.3 percent before the COVID-19 pandemic. They expect 29.8 percent to be working from home in 2021.
Help Your Network Manage the Strain
What can you do to ensure that your network is ready to handle the strain? The first step is to conduct a thorough assessment to identify gaps in performance and reliability. Here are three potential weaknesses to evaluate:
- Capacity: Work-from-home users are relying heavily on latency-sensitive applications such as unified communication and collaboration. The network needs adequate capacity to support these bandwidth-intensive applications.
- User experience: Even if the network is designed for high availability, users may complain of poor application performance and network speed when traffic spikes. You need end-to-end visibility and management from the user’s perspective, not just a network device perspective.
- Security vulnerabilities: A fast connection is of little value if hackers are able to compromise the network. End-to-end security must be embedded in the network to minimize the risk that hackers can exploit remote access vulnerabilities and access data.
Guidance on a network security plan & strategy for your organization
Many in-house IT teams have their hands full supporting work-from-home employees and could benefit from expert guidance in developing and executing their network security strategy. GDS can conduct a detailed network vulnerability assessment of your existing network, leveraging our decades of experience and the insight gained supporting the needs of organizations in healthcare, energy and other demand industry sectors. Our experts will bring you an objective and unbiased analysis of where your network is today compared with where it needs to be.
Armed with the results of the network assessment, the GDS team works with you to address performance, availability, security and other concerns. We will design the network architecture based upon industry best practices, and outline a phased migration that minimizes business disruption. We will then handle the deployment of your network based upon the agreed design, including the installation of networking equipment at each site.
The sudden shift to remote work models has revealed weaknesses in many corporate networks.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is putting even greater pressure on IT teams to ensure highly reliable IT services, exposing weaknesses in corporate networks. GDS can help you meet these demands with assessment, design, implementation and fully managed network services delivered by our knowledgeable and experienced consultants and engineers.
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