For many organizations, the past several years have been defined by an unending pursuit of data privacy and cybersecurity. Prompted by a daunting threat landscape, new regulatory standards and increasingly onerous consequences, companies invested millions in securing their digital infrastructure as an all-in attempt to meet the moment.

Since most cybersecurity incidents are connected to accidents and insiders, this meant investing in employee monitoring software and endpoint data loss prevention methodologies to detect and deter malicious and accidental insiders from compromising digital infrastructure. These efforts have only increased since the onset of the recent pandemic as companies look to fortify their cybersecurity standards, and provide oversight and accountability for a hybrid workforce.

While the threat of a cybersecurity incident or a data breach remains ever-present and more consequential than ever, the year ahead presents unique opportunities for companies to centralize their cybersecurity initiatives by deploying the data collected from employee monitoring to create efficient and effective organizations.

Here’s how.

#1 Measure Productivity

As businesses transition to a hybrid workforce, many leaders are concerned about employee productivity. Without the ability to physically keep tabs on everyone, workers might be tempted to take long lunches, ignore responsibilities or indulge in a Netflix binge on company time.

Fortunately, these fears have been almost entirely unfounded. Instead, employees are putting in more hours than ever before. The average workday for remote employees has expanded by three hours, further eroding the boundaries between personal and professional lives. Ironically, more hours has not meant increased productivity or a better product. In response, it’s clear that businesses need a new way of monitoring engagement and productivity.

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