It has been well documented how much disruption will be caused to the transport infrastructure during the Olympic Games, as well as the knock on effect it will have on the organisations and businesses. There has been much advice from the organisers of the Games, one such suggestion being that employees being allowed to work from home during the Games.
The result of this is that both private and public sector companies have started implementing plans and are holding practice runs for such an eventuality. The problem is that due to so many employees working from home for the first time, there is a lot more that employees have to take into consideration than it seems at first glance.
As the pressure on public transport and road networks reaches its zenith, it is extremely likely that we will see a dramatic increase in the number of employees who will be working from home, in order to avoid the disruption, particularly in the build up to popular events. However, with such a sudden pressure on organisations’ IT networks the chances of a systems crash increases dramatically.
Patrick Oliver Graf Sales Director at NCP Engineering believes that businesses must be savvier about how they can prepare for this event:
“With so many employees potentially working from home during the Olympic Games the use of home PCs, private laptops and mobile devices like an Android tablet, is very likely to increase. The ‘Bring Your Own Device’ topic has received plenty of attention over the past few months, especially focusing on the security risk element. However, a sudden influx of employees using their own devices to access corporate networks could cause huge problems for organisations, already under strain as a result of a remote workforce.
This variety of devices and operating systems makes it even more complicated to introduce a solution that ensures corporate networks continue running during this period, especially one that works for all client devices and operating systems. Companies also need to ensure that any solution implemented satisfies the security requirements/policies a company should have in place to enable remote working. This extra pressure could not have come at a worse time when organisations are having to root out cost efficiencies.”
Organisations need to find a solution that is able to provide cross-platform client support, a hybrid SSL/IPsec gateway and ideally where the entire Remote Access VPN can be centrally managed. The main problem organisations are going to face is the huge increase in remote workers trying to access the network remotely at the same time, therefore the gateway needs to handle potentially thousands of simultaneous sessions/users.
There is no doubt about it, the Olympics will be a fantastic spectacle and something everyone will want to embrace. By ensuring the IT infrastructure is able to run effectively, business operators will enjoy the experience with piece of mind.