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Security challenges presented by POPI and the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a legion of remote workers around the world. Remote working is a trend that organisations and employees have embraced to the extent that online engagement with co-workers, customers, suppliers, agents and other stakeholders has become fundamental to business operations. It’s the “new normal”.

A recent survey conducted by research and advisory company Gartner revealed that around 50% of companies will permit employees to remain working remotely even as their offices reopen in the post-pandemic world.

In a report prepared by the South African Broadcasting Corporation, labour analyst Terry Bell says “working from home is going to become much more common”. He believes it’s a cheaper, more attractive option for employers as they don’t have to provide office space. “From a worker’s point of view, [as] they end up working as individuals, they will then end up being negotiated with as individuals,” he notes.

While organisations and employees may well benefit from these arrangements, there is one stumbling block – information security.

It is accepted that the use of technology outside the traditional workplace has placed companies and individuals in an invidious position. Due to a general lack of appropriate threat detection and response mechanisms in place, corporates are often unable to secure devices (endpoints) outside of their networks.

By Paul Stuttard Director Duxbury Networking on IT Web

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