Home workers putting data at risk


Home workers putting data at risk

Simon Quicke
The growth of working from home and consumerisation has taken off this year providing workers with the chance to be more flexible but with the unwanted consequence of placing corporate data at risk.

With staff logging onto the corporate network remotely more often company data is being more widely distributed across unprotected personal devices, according to research from storage specialist Mozy.

The online backup specialist found that just shy of a quarter of Brits are working from home one day a week and the average person puts in an extra 3.35 hours a week free logging on beyond their allotted work hours.

Claire Galbois-Alcaix, senior sales manager marketing at Mozy, said that the results underlined how the differences between work and home were becoming blurred and although both staff and bosses benefited there were increasing risks to data.

"In most cases, the consumerisation of IT and workplace flexibility leads to a more 'switched on' and connected workforce but UK businesses need to ensure they are able to properly back up data when employees are working outside of the office to protect important information from loss," she said.

Her advice was to continue to encourage home working and reap the benefits but do so in a framework recognising the potential risks to data.

"Many UK businesses have embraced flexible workplaces, whether as a result of the changing business landscape during the recession, or the impact of technological advances, which have led to the rise of consumerisation of IT and 'bring your own' devices.  Businesses that support a flexible environment, whilst protecting their data with secure backup, will benefit most greatly from this trend," she added.

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