Businesses across the globe are in a state of flux as a result of the global pandemic. With no clear end in sight, the longer-term impact of this challenging year on enterprises is becoming more apparent. 

Many businesses have come to terms with transitioning from the physical office to remote work by adopting a hybrid model — a combination of in-office and remote workers. This shift in where the workforce spends its time post-pandemic will impact all aspects of business, including how security and data are managed. 

Another byproduct of the shift from in-office work to remote and/or hybrid has been a move from on-site data centers to cloud-based storage. The benefits of the cloud are many; no on-premise servers means lower overhead and maintenance, and require fewer people to operate.

There are also challenges and threats. Ninety percent of businesses have reported an increase in cyberattacks this year due to companies failing to apply stringent remote work standards or neglecting to adapt work processes. Reports have also identified a surge in cloud breaches, surpassing phishing as the most frequent type of attack. These attacks have forced IT leaders to make security a top priority. The workplace transition and increased security risks are tricky enough, but enterprises are also reevaluating the tools they need to compete at the speed of business. 

Collaborative work management (CWM) enables teams to streamline processes and centralize their work tools to enhance productivity and collaboration. In addition, these remote collaboration tools have enterprise-grade security built in, and include enhanced features such as two-factor authentication and unique permissions. By adopting a collaborative management platform, enterprises can take total control of their security while benefiting from a secure system that champions remote work, digital processes, and streamlined workflows.

Centralizing systems to reduce risk 

Collaborative work management provides a consolidated space where all processes, projects, and work streams are managed, and all supporting tools integrated within that space. You and your team can access a centralized digital workspace with less clutter and room for error. You can work more effectively and be confident that you have full visibility and transparency of all projects. 

Unifying disparate systems and work methods produces a more secure work environment. With a centralized system to manage company data, a more focused approach to enhancing security operations will emerge. You can consistently monitor your systems, identify any weaknesses, and improve your security infrastructure. 

Securing your data 

Security is often the main barrier to adoption for enterprises exploring SaaS solutions. Leaders struggle to reconcile the need for systems with the risk of opening up sensitive data to third parties. Compounding the issue, many software systems don’t meet the security and compliance standards of the modern enterprise. 

There’s a demand for secure platforms that allow enterprises to retain complete control and access to their internal information. Wrike Lock is a solution to this ever-growing problem. This unique security option enables businesses to access a CWM tool while retaining complete ownership of their data. 

All data stored in Wrike is protected. Wrike Lock goes one step further by adding an extra layer of encryption. Wrike Lock provides businesses access to an encryption master key that’s stored externally, giving data owners full control of the data in Wrike. 

You’ll have control of all the data in your Wrike account, and be able to consistently monitor, grant, and revoke access to your encryption master key as needed. Being in charge of your digital workspace reduces the possibility of leaks and breaches. It also alleviates the anxiety enterprise leaders feel when sharing their data with third-party vendors. 

Offsetting breaches and reducing risk

Eighty percent of security professionals have experienced a greater number of more advanced cyberattacks since going remote. Alongside the abrupt switch to remote work in 2020, companies faced an unexpected challenge when undertaking the digital transformation that followed. They were forced to confront the security demands associated with increased digital functionality. 

Wrike’s security features protect data from common threats that concern enterprise leaders. For example, limiting access to sensitive data is important and can be achieved with Customized Access Roles and Selective Share, enabling teams to apply unique permissions to users. With Access Reports, managers can track which users have access to specific projects and folders. 

Over a quarter of professionals cited a lack of multi-factor authentication as the biggest threat to their company. Wrike extends several authentication methods with minimal disruption to the end user. All accounts are password protected and email verified with two-factor authentication for those who require an extra layer of security. 

Staying secure with collaborative work management

The right collaborative work management platform possesses the dual power of providing best-in-class functionality for managing workflows while also boosting security. These platforms are an ideal solution for any team looking to overhaul processes and reinvigorate the digital workspace. With security often a barrier to adopting external tools, the right work management tool should combine exceptional functionality with data protection and outstanding security features. 

To learn more, get in touch with a representative today to discuss the security features within Wrike that are enabling teams to work confidently and securely.