Digital Transformation

Remote working and the cloud ‘good for dealing with Olympic disruption’

Security also has to be considered due to an expected increase in cyber threats during the event

With the Olympic Games now only 21 days away and the organisers scrambling around to make sure every last detail has been checked and double checked, businesses will also be hoping that they’ve made adequate preparations to deal with the disruption of the event.

Indeed, given the thousands upon thousands of extra visitors expected in the capital, having suitable measures in place to ensure workers are not left stranded and unable to get to their desks in time to start the day will be vital to maintaining productivity levels.

And with allowing remote working touted as one of the ideal ways to cope with the upheaval expected in the capital, Matt Gordon-Smith, director of security at Attenda, explains that cloud computing and having employees work from home is the most effective solution for businesses during the Games – and that data protection strategies will also be a necessity as part of the process.

"Having the technical infrastructure in place to allow remote working, without compromising the data you’re working with, is a key consideration," he said.

"There’s the prospect of an increase in cyber attacks and also big concerns about terrorism and potential terrorist attacks that we need to be ever more wary of."

Considering that cloud technology enables users to access files from anywhere with an internet connection – as well as edit, save and share any documents – such a system could be key to connecting workers, both with each other and the company servers.

Yet with an increased amount of data sharing taking place via online connections, the security of the network also has to be taken into account if businesses are going to avoid having their home working strategies sabotaged by cyber attacks, and disaster recovery software could be another good addition for companies during the Olympics.