Much has been written about the benefits of working from home in terms of improving employee work/life balance. Over the past two years, companies also have been touting that employees who telecommute have a positive impact on the environment in terms of reducing gasoline use, carbon emissions, energy use and office-related waste. As workers across the globe are being asked to work from home to ensure their health and that of their coworkers, enterprises are again revisiting telecommuting policies. In markets traditionally unable to support remote workers such as financial services, insurance, and healthcare due to government privacy regulations including HIPA and GDPR, enterprises must invest in appropriate technology and enact stringent security policies to avoid government fines and reputational damage.

Telecommuting is not new, in fact recent U.S. Census data indicates more than 5% of American workers, or about 8 million professionals, work from home daily. And, according to a current Gallup survey, 43% of American professionals work from home occasionally. While working from home can be considered a perk by many professionals, it can introduce detrimental security holes into daily workflows. According to the “2018 Mobile Security Report” by iPass, 52% of surveyed US CIOs suspect their mobile workers had been hacked in the last 12 months, and 81% said the company experienced a Wi-Fi related security incident within the same time period. Another 2018 survey conducted by Apricon echoed these results, reporting 1/3 of surveyed businesses experienced data loss or breach as a direct result of mobile working. With the immediate need for workers to remain home to ensure personal safety, how can enterprises protect sensitive information and avoid financial penalties from regulatory fines, loss of business from reduced productivity, and difficulty acquiring future customers due to exposed malpractice?

We believe companies handling sensitive information can support remote workers simply and cost-effectively through managing and securing end point devices—which can be achieved with the SPYRUS Endpoint Management Software (SEMS) and SPYRUS Windows to Go (WTG) Drives. Our government customers have been using these solutions for many years, and now the commercial world is adopting them as well. SEMS is an easy-to-use and scalable endpoint management software allowing IT administrators to manage all devices connected to the company networks. With SEMS, IT administrators can set read / write permissions, view data access logs, and be notified of inappropriate data access attempts from anywhere in the world. When combined with the WTG drives, each endpoint becomes a virtual secure enclave.

With sizes from 32GB to 1TB, SPYRUS Windows To Go live drives provide for booting directly from the Windows To Go device and bypassing the host machine, while safeguarding the operating environments necessary with today’s mobile workforce. Drives are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified, ensuring cybersecurity with 512-bit encryption and physical security with a tamperproof design. The telecommuter can plug the drive into their computer—confident that no information can be transmitted or lost through potential malware attacks. When WTG drives are integrated with the SEMS platform for a complete solution, IT administrators can remotely “kill” a drive that becomes infected or rogue, rendering all data on the drive useless.

While rare, black swan events like we are seeing with COVID-19 today will likely happen again, and enterprises must be prepared to “keep calm and carry on.” CIOs must have the technology available to manage large swaths of workers remotely and be confident all data is protected at rest, in transit, and in use. SPYRUS is committed to arming enterprises with the solutions required to meet the cyber threats of today and tomorrow, while complying with government regulations.