The pandemic forced everyone to send workforces home to work remotely. A year or so down the line, many organisations are enabling their workforces to make the transition back to the office. However, many employees have found they like working from home at least some of the time and want to keep it that way. This ‘hybrid working’ model is both a practical and permanent reality - but it needs a practical, permanent approach to go with it.
Simplifying the management of remote network security
In this guide, we explore how organisations can ensure their networks are secure for remote working employees.
Overcoming these network integration challenges
In order to steer past these pitfalls with confidence, there are three considerations that network integration teams (and their management) should bear in mind:
- Allow time for planning and due diligence: businesses may be keen to complete a merger or acquisition quickly in order to make the most of new opportunities, but network integration cannot be rushed if it’s to be done properly.
Sufficient time should be baked into the planning stage of the integration that incorporates training, asset inventory and due diligence, so that IT teams can take a more active and informed role in the process from start to finish.
- Establish continuous device visibility: even one device that slips through the network integration net can pose a significant security threat. This is because IT teams and the integrated network will have no knowledge of the device, what is on it and who can access it.
A complete and regularly updated list of all company devices and systems, from every party involved in the M&A, is therefore critical.
- Engage with experienced partners: when unexpected difficulties emerge or specific complexities become time-consuming to break, being able to use relevant technical expertise can make a real difference in helping the integration proceed.
Using a service partner that possesses all the right skill-sets and experience represents a much safer and professional option, rather than attempting everything in-house.
When a merger or acquisition is confirmed, the hard work from an IT perspective has only just begun. There are many challenges to negotiate on the way, but none are insurmountable, especially when using an expert service provider to take the burden of the toughest tasks away from internal IT teams.
With the right planning, a sufficient amount of time and relevant third-party advice, network integrations can support the long-term needs of the wider business group.
Tiviti delivers fast, reliable and secure business connectivity, and removes the hassle of managing underlying network infrastructure. Learn how we can support you through a network integration through our Connectivity-as-a-Service solution here.
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