The pandemic has played a major factor in the rise of employees working remotely and from home. The Straits Times conducted a survey in May 2020 which revealed that 9 in 10 employees wanted to continue working from home either fully or partially following Singapore’s Circuit Breaker1. On 10 June 2021, Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister of Trade and Industry, indicated that even when COVID-19 restrictions are eased, employers should still allow their workers flexibility to work from home if possible2. There’s no denying it: remote working is here to stay.
The shift towards remote work has changed the way we interact with one another for work. Physical office communications (such as face-to-face collaboration or traditional office phones) has shifted to online tools and collaboration, as well as the usage of multiple personal devices.
In a recent webinar, Mr Loy Chee Leng, Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific and Middle East, NetSfere, shared that a survey by Ovum Research (2017) and 451 Research (2019, 2020) revealed that more than 85% of employees surveyed use consumer mobile messaging applications like WhatsApp, WeChat and Telegram for business communication and collaboration. The security and privacy of consumer mobile applications are a significant cause of concern, and can pose real-time threats to your company’s data security.
The choice of a suitable and secure platform for professional communication can be a challenging decision. Without secure communications, your company risks sensitive company data falling into the wrong hands. Mr Loy shared four key considerations that you should take into account:
Based on these four principles, organisations need to ask these key questions when comparing between suitable and secure platforms for professional communication are:
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