This past March, many organizations were forced to suddenly pivot to a “work from home” environment (“WFH”) as COVID-19 spread across our country. However, many companies did not have the necessary technical infrastructure in place to support their full workforce on a WFH basis. Often, remote access systems were configured assuming only a portion of a company’s employees – not 100% of a company’s employees – would be remotely accessing the corporate networks simultaneously. In addition, many employees have limited home Wi-Fi capacity that is insufficient to sustain extended, robust connections with the office systems. Networks can then become overloaded, connections dropped, and employees can experience extended latency issues, frozen transmissions and the like.
As a result, many employees are using a work-around — often with their employer’s knowledge and approval. They connect their personal devices to their employer’s network to download what they need from the network, but disconnect to perform the bulk of their work offline. On a periodic basis and upon the completion of the task at hand, those employees then typically upload or distribute the work product to the organization’s network.