Many energy distribution organisations have settled nicely into the remote working groove after the government implemented sweeping shutdown restrictions in March, designed to slow the spread of the virus.
The ease with which their employees have been able to adapt has been a revelation for many Australian energy company business leaders and managers. So much so that some companies are looking at making remote working part of their regular modus operandi, even if and when the health threat posed by COVID-19 recedes.
There’s certainly lots to like about the remote working model for businesses and workers alike. For the former, think smaller real estate footprint and a corresponding reduction in running costs, the ability to bring talent on board from further afield, and increased productivity, from a more satisfied workforce. Employees, meanwhile, can eliminate hours of commuting from their schedules and enjoy better work-life balance.
That’s the upside of the modus operandi that’s been collectively thrust upon us, courtesy of the coronavirus. But there is a downside. In 2020 Australia, the risk posed to businesses by cybercriminals has never been greater – so much so that, in late June, Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued an unprecedented, urgent warning to organisations to be on their guard against ongoing, large scale cyber-attacks.
Using alternative cyber-security tools and tactics to minimise the threat a decentralised workforce poses to the corporate network and data will allow Australian energy businesses to enjoy the benefits of this model, without exposing themselves to avoidable risk.
Read the complete article by Jim Cook, ANZ Regional Director at Attivo Networks at Energy Source & Distribution.