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Implement a secure connection for hybrid work with dedicated fiber optics

4 April 2024 | Insights, News

Since 2020, the landscape of work organization has undergone a revolution: from pandemic closures to remote work (smart working) to the most popular form at the moment, hybrid work, a combination of office and remote work.

A recent report by the Smart Working Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano (November 2023) reports that “After pandemic peaks and a gradual decline over the past two years, remote workers in our country will stand at 3.585 million in 2023, up slightly from 3.570 million in 2022, but as much as 541% higher than pre-Covid. By 2024 there will be an estimated 3.65 million smart workers in Italy. […] Smart Working is also present in 56 percent of SMEs, where it is often applied with informal models often managed at the level of specific teams.”

Reliable connection: the basis of hybrid work implementation in the enterprise

This model offers flexibility to employees and companies, often promoting greater productivity and always a better work-life balance. However, this new work organization, in order to function at its best and provide the right performance, requires several attentions from a structural point of view.

A secure and reliable connection to keep business operations running smoothly and protect sensitive data is the basis for the technical implementation of hybrid work in the enterprise. In this context, the use of dedicated fiber optics emerges as an ideal solution to meet security and reliability needs.

The benefits of dedicated fiber optics for businesses

Dedicated fiber optics offers numerous advantages over other connection technologies, especially when it comes to ensuring the security of business data. With its ability to transmit large volumes of data at incredible speeds, fiber optics offers superior performance and greater reliability than traditional cable or wireless connections, providing the flexibility needed by companies operating in hybrid mode.

Creating a secure network for hybrid work

To implement a secure connection for hybrid work, it is essential to create a well-structured and protected network. By using dedicated fiber as the main infrastructure, companies can ensure a stable and secure connection for both in-office and remote employees.

It is important to implement advanced security protocols, such as using VPN (Virtual Private Network) to encrypt data transmitted through the network and implementing firewalls to protect against unauthorized access.

Continuous monitoring and maintenance

Continuous monitoring and maintenance of the network is essential to maintain a secure and reliable connection. It is important for management not to regard as secondary the investments required to equip the company with advanced network monitoring tools that can detect any anomalies or intrusions in the network in a timely manner.

Below we have gathered some of the maintenance tasks that IT managers should plan and perform regularly:

  1. network performance testing

these tests allow us to evaluate the speed and reliability of the connection provided by fiber optics. They also enable any network congestion or performance degradation problems to be identified and corrective measures to be taken;

  1. software and firmware updates

it is critical to keep the software and firmware of network devices, such as routers, switches and firewalls, up to date. Regular updates ensure that the network is protected from known security vulnerabilities and that performance is optimized;

  1. network traffic monitoring

IT managers should constantly monitor network traffic for anomalies or suspicious activity. Using advanced monitoring tools, potential security threats, such as unauthorized access attempts or malware, can be quickly identified;

  1. data backup

it is crucial to regularly plan and execute backups of critical business data. This includes not only data stored in central servers, but also data stored on the devices of employees working remotely. A robust backup plan ensures that data can be restored in case of loss or damage;

  1. physical inspections of optical fiber

Physical inspections of the optical fiber should be conducted periodically to check the integrity of the cable and detect any damage or deterioration. These inspections should be performed by experienced personnel using special tools to ensure that the connection remains stable and reliable over time;

  1. network security assessment

Finally, IT managers should regularly conduct network security assessments to identify potential vulnerabilities and define corrective measures. These assessments may include penetration testing, risk analysis, and security policy reviews.

Employee training and awareness

When discussing cybersecurity in the enterprise, we often tend to forget the importance of employee cybersecurity training and awareness, which is even more crucial in a hybrid work environment.

Companies should provide their employees with the training, through online and in-person courses, needed to recognize security threats and adopt safe practices while working remotely. In addition, it is important to make employees aware of the importance of protecting corporate data and comply with corporate security policies.

Implementing a secure connection for hybrid work using dedicated fiber optics is critical to enabling the smooth operation of more flexible forms of work, such as a mix of in-person and remote work, while ensuring business continuity and protecting sensitive company data.

With the right tools, protocols and training, companies can take full advantage of hybrid working without having to compromise on the security and reliability of their network connection.