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Home worker protection gains significance during flu season

NCP Engineering : 10 November, 2009  (Technical Article)
NCP Engineering is warning businesses to prepare for extended home working by securing remote access to IT facilities as more employees are expected to be working from home during the flu season
With warnings of a second wave of swine flu becoming a reality, Simon Ford, director for NCP engineering is urging all UK managers to protect both its business and its staff by wearing a 'virtual security mask' to guard home workers.

Simon stresses: "The second outbreak of swine flu is forcing more employees to work from home when possible. Earlier in the year, Forrester Research stated that swine flu had reminded us all of the necessity to plan for threat scenarios that affect people more than data centres and other physical corporate facilities and warned that workforce recovery strategies must rely on remote access solutions or virtual workforce solutions."

"It is critical that managers act proactively and implement a secure remote access solution or VPN client, which will automatically protect corporate data when employees are working out of the office," Simon continued.

Cases of swine flu have risen over the last week, with an estimated 84,000 new infections against 78,000 in the previous weeks. One fifth of the people who died had no underlying health problems and to date, 154 deaths related to swine flu have occurred in the UK alone.

"A remote access solution enables virtual workforces to remain flexible and efficient, while also being a cost effective option for competitive businesses, whether they are a SMB or a large global enterprise. If businesses do respond to these warnings and do not have a secure remote access tool in place, they will not only have to cope with data loss and leakage but with disastrous IT viruses that can limit a workforce for hours if not days. This can have a very negative effect on customer service and company profit - just when organisations can least deal with them," Simon concluded.
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