Digital trust put to the test of teleworking

If the digital transition was already topical for many organizations before the health crisis, it has nevertheless greatly accelerated the use of mobile and collaborative technologies. The single workplace is gradually losing its place in favor of teleworking and a “digital workplace” promoting agility and fluidity of exchanges. At the same time, cyber attacks have multiplied and companies must now ensure the security of an extended IS by recourse to teleworking and new digital uses.

Teleworking, the vector of the hybrid company

The Covid-19 crisis represents for any organization a major accelerator of its digital transformation, but also an increased use of teleworking. In France, the rate of teleworking, regular or occasional, was already on an upward curve and rose from 25 to 30% from 2017 to 2019 [1]. The pandemic has further accentuated this phenomenon, completing the transformation of companies.

The very idea of ​​a workspace has evolved; the single office within the walls of the company or even administrations has faded to make way for flex office and remote work. The company has truly become hybrid, making part of the “; everything dematerialized;”. Organizations are now tending to move towards an “As a Service” model, in which employees have access to their applications and software everywhere and all the time.

An exponential increase in cyber risks

During the first French confinement, many companies had no other choice than to set up emergency teleworking, some of the employees even using their personal computer equipment to ensure the continuation of the activity. .

The continuity of economic activity has therefore sometimes been synonymous with the relaxation or degradation of IT security rules, and in general, an increase in cyber risks due to the widening of the attack perimeter offered to cybercriminals. In this context, the protection of the IS also includes teleworkers and the “digital workplace”.

A must if we consider the fourfold increase in cyber attacks between 2019 and 2020[2]. One year after the start of the crisis, it is no longer a question of business continuity, but of securing them.

Phishing and ransomware, for example, can have a huge impact on businesses and their productivity. It is therefore crucial for organizations to secure their exchanges and the integrity of their information, their domain name, or even their electronic signature.

Create a trustworthy workspace

To protect its extensive IS and reduce its exposure to cyberthreats, it is necessary to ensure the security of its exchanges and data. It is therefore fundamental to secure remote work while respecting the agility and fluidity necessary for its activity. This notably involves various fundamental actions:

  • protect its website with SSL certificates;
  • authenticate securely and certify electronic exchanges through the use of digital certificates;
  • sign documents remotely while giving them a legally probative value thanks to the electronic signature;
  • ensure the dating of invoices, payslips and other documents using qualified time stamping;
  • guarantee the authenticity and integrity of printed or digital documents;
  • host your data in a trusted, secure environment that complies with the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Through these elements, it appears fundamental to rely on trusted partners who will make it possible to scrupulously respect these various points.

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