8 Tools for IT Teams in the Remote Workplace

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The pandemic has accelerated the remote and hybrid work culture. Though companies like Buffer and Basecamp have been remote for a long time, now many organizations have started giving the flexibility to work. 

To ensure that employees are working properly and their work won’t be affected. IT teams can use different tools which can help them to manage remote workforces as well as secure the organization’s data.

A remote work setup gives flexibility to the employees to work from anywhere. At the same time, it lays down numerous challenges to IT and security teams to ensure that organization's data is secure and employees are productive.

Employees need to collaborate and communicate with each other and their managers for different purposes. To streamline and ensure hassle-free collaboration, employers provide different tools to employees. 

IT and security teams also use tools for securing endpoint devices and applications that employees use so that organizations' data remains secure. Apart from collaboration, communication, and security, there are many other tools that organizations can use and provide to employees to ensure that work is done properly in a remote work setup.

In this post, we're going to discuss eight tools that IT teams can use to secure organizations' data as well as enhance employees' productivity in remote work setups.

Top 8 Tools for IT Teams to Manage Remote Workforces

1. Zluri

Zluri is a SaaS management platform that enables organizations to gain complete control over their SaaS applications. With Zluri, organizations can automate various tasks like onboarding, offboarding, compliance management, etc. Some of the key features of Zluri are:

  • Automated employee onboarding & offboarding: Zluri has a powerful automation engine that enables organizations to give or revoke access to employees with a few clicks. Further, its contextual recommendation system provides information about which applications a new employee needs based on the department and seniority of their role. It also recommends different channels/groups to which an employee should be added.

  • Discovering your organization’s SaaS subscriptions: Zluri has the largest app library with over 120000+ applications. Zluri discovery engine uses five methods to discover all your apps with near 100% accuracy.

  • Renewal Monitoring: With Zluri, you don't need to worry about surprise renewals. Zluri alerts about your upcoming renewals, giving you enough time to decide whether or not you need the app. You can decide that through the SaaS usage insights from Zluri.

  • Applications Cost Optimization: Zluri helps you standardize your applications and eliminate budget wastage. Zluri traces your SaaS ecosystem and monitors, measures, and helps you take control of your SaaS spending. It also helps you find the hidden apps spend.

  • Smooth Vendor Management: Zluri has an automated vendor management system with all the features needed to manage your SaaS stack. It maintains a SaaS system of record by integrating with your core business system, after which it prepares to maintain your vendor life cycle with your predefined workflows.

2. Symantec DLP

Symantec's data loss prevention solution protects an organization's data and ensures that confidential data doesn't fall into the wrong hands. It helps IT teams, by automatically alerting users about incidents and abnormal activities and documents the access points. Symantec DLP provides a comprehensive view of data movement and endpoint security status of users' devices to prevent data breaches remotely.

Features

  • Ensure that endpoint devices of users are secure and alerts for any possible threats

  • Mitigates compliance risks and ensures data compliance with standard regulations like GDPR, HIPAA, etc.

  • Protects confidential data from accidental exposure or malicious breaches

  • Remediates cloud-based incidents

  • Monitor and protect data in motion

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.4/5

  • Capterra- 4.3/5

3. ServiceNow ITSM

ServiceNow IT service management tool enables IT teams, to streamline service requests, fulfill services and manage access and availability of services remotely. It allows users to submit service requests at any time and anywhere and helps IT teams to automate and streamline organizations IT service management processes. 

Features

  • Helps IT teams to proactively prevent the future disruptions of services based on the analysis of the previous issues

  • The AI-powered self-service portal helps employees to resolve common issues directly.

  • Keep users informed about the status of their request anywhere and anytime with the help of its mobile app.

  • It seamlessly integrates with remote desktop support products, authentication applications, and productivity tools.

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.3/5

  • Capterra- 4.5/5

4. VMware Workspace ONE

VMware Workspace ONE is a digital workstation platform that empowers IT teams to easily and securely deliver and manage any applications on any device, anywhere. It integrates access control, application management, and multi-platform endpoint management into a single solution. VMware Workspace ONE helps to gain control across multi-cloud and automate common IT tasks.

Features

  • Helps IT teams to secure data even in BYOD programs

  • Enforce security policies to protect organizations' data

  • Secure endpoint devices and prevent potential data breaches

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.1/5

  • Capterra- 4.7/5

5. Zscaler

Zscaler enables IT teams, to give secure access to all external and internal applications from anywhere. IT teams can also enforce business and security policies identically regardless of users' locations. Zscaler keeps remote workforces as productive as they are in-office by enabling seamless zero trust access to your business-critical and collaboration applications.  

Features

  • Helps to enable secure access to all external and internal applications from all common devices and anywhere

  • Proactively monitor network, application, and devices for performance and alert administrators for any disruptions or issues.

  • Prevent data loss with the help of enforcing identical security policies despite the locations of the users

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.3/5

  • Capterra- 4.2/5

6. Okta

Okta enables IT teams, to automate provisioning and deprovisioning for a complete distributed workforce in your organization. It unifies all applications in the cloud and on-premise into one centralized portal for end-users and helps you to seamlessly give access to them on any device and anywhere. It also empowers you to enable a secure passwordless for your organization's users.

Features

  • Helps to protect your organization's data in the distributed work environment

  • Automates onboarding and offboarding of users

  • Provide access to all applications within a single and centralized dashboard, regardless of device and location

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.4/5

  • Capterra- 4.7/5

7. C3M Cloud Control

C3M Cloud Control is a comprehensive cloud security platform that helps IT teams secure the entire cloud lifecycle across infrastructure, applications, data, and entitlements. It keeps your organization audit-ready and stays compliant with regulatory standards like GDPR, HIPAA, etc. C3M Cloud Control automates incident response and sends alerts for any deviation in the cloud environment. IT teams can also enforce cloud best practices from anywhere with C3M Cloud Control.

Features

  • Continuously assess, detect, and respond to cloud threats in real-time to prevent data breaches.

  • Enforces security and compliance standards across the public cloud infrastructure 

  • Gives comprehensive visibility into multi-cloud environments

  • Helps to create custom policies and enforce cloud best practices across the multi-cloud environments

Customer Rating

  • G2- 5/5

  • Capterra- 5/5

8. Netskope

Netskope empowers IT teams to secure and manage remote workers' access to websites and cloud applications from anywhere. It provides comprehensive visibility and control of web and cloud usage, along with complete data and threat protection to secure remote work environments. Netskope prevents sensitive data from being exposed to the internet and helps in reducing data breaches.

Features

  • Ensure secure collaboration across the organization

  • Gives a comprehensive idea of risks associated with different applications and how employees are using them

  • Prevent sensitive data from being accessed and uploaded by remote users to unmanaged cloud applications or websites

  • Enable direct, seamless, and secure remote access to apps in cloud environments or data centers without unnecessary exposure to the internet

Customer Rating

  • G2- 4.3/5

  • Capterra- 4.5/5 


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