While the pandemic forced more companies to embrace remote work, it’s likely employees will expect to have the option to work remotely or, at least, a hybrid of on-site and at-home, moving forward.
While many employees feel empowered by the flexibility of remote and hybrid work, according to The ADP Research Institute’s People at Work 2021: A Global Workforce View, only 63% of survey respondents feel their company is providing the equipment they need to do their job remotely.
This presents a heightened risk of security breaches if staff is using personal equipment to complete their work. Keeping data secure is just one of many hurdles facing employers who offer hybrid or remote work as an option to their staff.
Yet to refuse to offer remote or hybrid work could make it extremely challenging to hire and retain quality staff.
Less than a year ago, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a ruling that incorporates the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) into the code of federal regulations (CFR). Additionally, the NISPOM Rule includes new reporting requirements established by Security Executive Agent Directive Revision 3 (SEAD 3).
The positive impact is that this rule provides a single, nationwide implementation plan and, in theory, should more cohesively protect our nation’s secrets from unauthorized disclosure. However, with its 6-month “grace period,” contractors might now be scrambling to fully abide by these revisions nor fully understand their new reporting responsibilities.
Global Solutions provides full security support to cleared industry contractors. We can help you plan, develop, monitor, and continually assess industrial security operations to maintain compliance.
Over the last several weeks there has been a large increase of activity across cyberspace surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and malicious actors trying to take advantage of this unfortunate time we are all living in. With much of our workforce being pushed remote, it poses further risks. With home networks and using work machines being utilized outside of their corporate environment, it is up to the users to be vigilant in reporting concerns or issues. Companies should also be deploying tools to help further secure their information.
As an HR Leader, I have been at the forefront of this pandemic. To date, I have helped companies navigate the consequences of its adverse effects, such as layoffs, securing government-backed loans, calming employee anxiety, mitigating employee isolation, and developing crisis management and communication plans.