In recent years, remote working has risen sharply, with a 27.7% increase in the number of home-workers in the last decade alone. A mobile workforce means that a business' data is also ‘mobile’. Data, whether it is emails, ideas, contracts or plans, is the life-blood of most modern businesses; it is their intellectual property (IP).
Without this data, there would be no product, no service, no sales. In taking said data outside of the office, the protection -- servers, firewalls, secure WiFi -- is lost, and data is open to malicious activity. This is the reality of the new mobile workforce, and businesses need to be ready to meet the cybersecurity challenges that come with it.
In our recent report, Odds of a Bad Bet, we highlighted the extreme likelihood that businesses will suffer from cybersecurity flaws, which are compounded by the fact that 4 in 10 employees believe that their CEO undervalues cybersecurity. When you consider this fact in the context of a mobile workforce, the potential threat to a company’s data becomes all the more apparent.
Companies need a tangible solution that can empower a mobile workforce, while maintaining the highest levels of cyber security to protect their data -- wherever it may go. There needs to be a method for communicating with a large mobile workforce that protects data, retains IP, establishes secure connections, and is as usable as the consumer applications that workers are accustomed to using in their personal lives.
The solution needs to have a good user interface so that the workforce chooses to use the corporate product, rather than switching back to something much less secure, simply because they prefer the way it works. At Wire, we believe this solution is going to be a real game-changer that will make the mobility of the workforce more secure than ever.
That solution is Messaging Layer Security, or MLS for short.
MLS is a new standard being developed to firm up the security of enterprise messaging platforms by employing end-to-end encryption within group communication. Mozilla, Cisco, Oxford University, Facebook, INRIA, Google and Twitter, as well as our team at Wire, are all working on this new protocol, which will allow for mobile workforces to work together, wherever they may be, in a fully secure environment, protecting company IP by default.
An even more mobile workforce is coming, and all companies, big or small, need to be prepared - not just in the sense of flexible working policies and employee wellbeing strategies, but in creating a secure working environment outside of the four walls of the main office, both to prevent data breaches, and for retaining IP.
Is your company ready for the mobile workforce of the future?
Wire is the most secure collaboration platform, transforming the way businesses communicate in the same way and speed that its founders disrupted telephony with Skype. Headquartered in Switzerland with offices in Berlin and San Francisco, Wire launched its collaboration and communications platform for businesses in early 2018 and today counts over 700 enterprise customers, making Wire the fastest-growing collaboration platform. Wire offers messaging, voice, video, file-sharing, and search, all protected by end-to-end encryption. Wire’s product suite has been recognised by both Forrester and Gartner as one of the most effective and secure communications platforms. Wire is consistently delivering ground-breaking innovation from a unique “message fortress” architecture to encrypted video conferencing, guest rooms and Messaging Layer Security (MLS).
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