If you’re a small business, you might think that offering employees the opportunity to work remotely is out of your league ‐ or an unsecured proposition that is riddled with risk for your company’s networks.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. In 2017, your company can easily and affordably make it possible for employees to access the work while they’re out of office without compromising network security.
You don’t need a lot of infrastructure or money to make it happen either. It’s easy and secure. In fact, the tools might already be in your environment. They just need to be configured properly.
Here are 7 tips and tricks to make mobility a possibility for your company:
- You don’t always need a terminal server. Contrary to popular belief, remote access doesn’t always require a terminal server. While they are occasionally necessary, they are not the most affordable solution.
- Check your current inventory. In many cases, you don’t need anything more than a good firewall that comes with its own Virtual Private Network (VPN). The VPN will usually require licensing for users (some even come with a few) and these are inexpensive.
- Use line of business apps. A lot of business software offers mobile apps that make mobility easier than ever. The apps connect and share data between the mobile device and the server. If your business applications offer these solutions, they are worth exploring. .
- Look into mobile device management (MDM) solutions. MDM will help you manage mobile devices that are used to access company data or networks. Perhaps most importantly, they make it easy to remotely wipe company data from mobile devices when a device is compromised. .
- Seek out the cloud where it makes sense. Cloud-based applications like Office 365, which makes MS office email accessible through multiple forms, makes it easier than ever for employees to work from anywhere.
- Turn cell phone into your office phone. Newer office phone systems offer apps that you can easily install on your mobile device to gain the full functionality of your office phone from anywhere without your clients knowing that the employee is working from home.
- Implement a bring your own device (BYOD) policy. These are good to have if you have any personal, mobile devices in use ‐ both in and out of the office. This guides employees on acceptable use.
For years, many small businesses have thought mobility was out of their reach. In 2017, secure remote access has never been easier or more affordable.