Coronavirus: the demand for networks and equipment for teleworking has grown by 25% in the last week

Companies and workers alike have mobilized 25% more computer equipment to work from home in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Demand for cloud services, virtual private networks (VPNs), remote desktop software, and hardware laptops grew this week by 20-30% due to the rise of teleworking by the Covid-19 pandemic, they have encrypted. for Efe several companies and institutions in the technology sector.

Although ” changing methods costs more than technical adaptation ,” as Ángel Barbero, professor of digital technology at EAE Business School, explains, many companies have suddenly had to increase their material capacity for work through distance.

One-off teleworking already occurred in quite a few companies, but not the simultaneous connection of most of its employees, so the first requirement has basically been to hire more bandwidth from its operators to attend to this “oversizing,” says Barbero.

The Official College of Technical Telecommunications Engineers (COITT), after consulting several companies, has calculated that downloads or acquisitions of remote desktop software programs , such as the popular TeamViewer or others offered by Google, have grown since Monday by 30%. , Microsoft or Oracle.

The increase in purchases of devices (laptops, computers, mobiles or tablets) compared to the average of other weeks has also been estimated at around 30% , said Luis Miguel Chapinal, technical secretary of the COITT.

Many SMEs and freelancers do not require more adaptation than this increase in Internet capacity and sufficient hardware and software equipment, but “due to cybersecurity”, more and more companies are creating their own digital environments through a VPN , the demand for which increased 25% this week, Chapinal calculates.

The cybersecurity chief of Fujitsu for southern Europe, Javier Antón, has indicated that for the use of a private network, a gateway or tunnel is created through which the information passes encrypted from the user’s equipment to the company’s server, which gives you access to both corporate applications and the internet .

The most standard format involves software embedded in the employee’s laptop and a “hub” in the company, which can be local or offered by a cloud provider.

Since last Monday in Fujitsu they have calculated an increase in demand of between 20 and 25% in the integration of services they offer to companies and organizations in the public sector, in which they combine hardware, software or cloud solutions from different manufacturers .

Antón states that although they normally offer specific solutions for each client, lately they are adapting their “multi-manufacturer environment” to packages suitable for different technologies, in order to adjust the deadlines, given the urgency of some companies.

“A VPN is like an armored truck,” illustrates Pilar Santamaría, founder of Remote Transform, to reflect both the difficulty of being mugged and that if the cybercriminal penetrates, “it leads to where he wants to be.”

For this reason, Santamaría, who until a few days ago was Dell’s vice president of innovation and formerly director of cloud at Microsoft Iberica, recommends other cybersecurity measures for remote work, such as biometric identification or the latest identification through on-screen behavior. , since by artificial intelligence it can be recognized with more than 98% accuracy who operates a device.

A Telefónica spokesperson explained to Efe that most of its client companies already had a VPN, but in recent days the demand for secure remote access to the corporate network has grown, a service in which it is billed in relation to to the contracted audience and that allows additional controls, such as establishing identity verifications or different profiles depending on the security status (antivirus) of the device.

Large companies use desktop or application virtualization (VDI) solutions, which are those recommended by the National Cryptologic Center (CCN) in their latest security measures for remote access.

Movistar has noticed the increase in voice traffic since Tuesday, from 43% in Madrid and 37% in Spain, and even more the increase in typical teleworking tools, since the use of Skype (Microsoft) and Webex (Cisco) It has quadrupled.

The technology consultancy Always On has calculated the increase in its remote computer assistance at 300% in recent days.

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