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The Rise of the Tethered Nomad, Shuttler in the Age of Cybersecurity

Jan 19, 2024 | Daily Trek, Futuristic

The Rise of Tethered Nomads, Shuttlers and Cybersecurity - Radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

The Rise of Tethered Nomads and Shuttlers

Digital nomadism is evolving, now encompassing Tethered Nomading, shuttlers, and a growing global presence. Yet, it faces a new hurdle beyond back to the physical office: cybersecurity concerns. As a result, some companies limit international access. Employees must now work within their home countries. This twist throws a wrench in the world of digital work and travel. A world where trust is already broken.

In the United States, the concept of  a Tethered Nomad from MBO Partners describes over half of American digital nomads (53%). A tethered nomad chooses to pursue a work-travel lifestyle within the US. Once shaped by personal preferences and employer requirements, employees now also adjust to new cybersecurity policies as well.

Companies are now adopting innovative methods beyond traditional VPNs to restrict access. These new strategies aim to enhance security and control in the digital workspace.

Globally, digital nomadism thrives in regions such as Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Shuttlers, who transition between specific locations, mix worldwide exploration with the stability of a home base. Yet, cybersecurity issues are being cited as another way to keep people close to home. Companies are tackling the risks linked to remote work across international borders.

A New Reality Facing the Tethered Nomad

The US digital nomad population has reached 17.3 million, as reported in the MBO Partners 2023 State of Independence study. This increase marks a shift towards more flexible work arrangements. And changing priories among how we want to spend our lives.

The diversity in digital nomadism is striking, with an increasing number of older individuals and families participating. The older, Silver Nomads, are rapidly growing in numbers. Traditionally, digital nomads have been younger, but older generations are now increasing their presence. Their share of digital nomads rose from 36% in 2022 to 42% in 2023.

Geo-Arbitrage holds special significance for shuttlers. They leverage the financial advantage of living in less expensive areas while earning from higher-wage markets. This approach funds this chosen lifestyle, merging work with adventure.

The Tethered Nomad melds remote work flexibility with traditional employment aspects. Shuttlers introduce a pattern of regular travel between chosen locations, blending stability with mobility.

However, concerns about cybersecurity are causing some companies to limit international remote work. The aim is to reduce the risks of data breaches and cyberattacks. These risks are greater due to the varied and less secure networks that remote workers use abroad.

As work evolves, so do we. More of us want a balance between work and personal freedom. There is a growing need for adaptability, flexibility, and weaving of life and work. Perhaps the future of life and work goes beyond location—it’s about integrating work with our wilder life ambitions.

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