Security and the Home Office

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a massive shift in practices for the UK workforce. Working From Home was the norm for most of 2020.

Now, in 2021, as restrictions begin to ease and 'normal' practices start to reassert, many organisations are considering their stance on remote working moving forward. This does, however, present a new challenge: just how secure is your data?

When the home office became the dining table or the rearranged spare room, communication with collegues, customers, and partners became crucial. Online meetings became a necessity, and they multiplied - it was no longer possible to quickly pop down to accounts to check that item on line 45. It needed a meeting, and it needed an email exchange between two people most likely working over a home internet connection.

As part of normal working practices pre-2020, most offices have security protocols that protect sensitive data. Emails sent to internal or external contacts, as well as incoming or outgoing documents, are routinely scanned for viruses and anomalies that can infiltrate or damage systems.

For many, these simple protocols do not exist at home.

In 2020, over 306 billion emails were sent EVERY DAY. By 2023, this number is expected to rise to more than 347 billion.

In the first half of 2020, Google recorded an increase in searches for 'webcam' of more than 144%. The term 'working frome home' showed an increase of a staggering 355% compared to the same period in 2019.

Whilst these new working practices offered opportunities for a streamlined and often more effective workforce, it also offered opportunities for those with less honourable intentions.

Criminals have adapted to these new working practices with the same efficiency as many organisations - taking advantage of the vulnerabilities presented by the 'Home Office'.

And now, as restrictions begin to ease and 'normality' creeps back into the workplace, businesses around the UK are looking to continue the WFH culture.

As remote working becomes the norm, now is the time to evaluate just how secure these practices are. At Frama, we have developed a new solution that ensures security in communications both in the office and the dining rooms and spare rooms of your workforce.

Our Serema package includes a franking machine with the lowest Royal Mail tariff that can be used anywhere with an internet connection, but also provides encrypted emails and online document signing. All of this in one package, one single contract that covers ALL your outgoing communications safely and securely.

Peace of mind for business continuity in a changing world.

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