According to a Gallup study, about 42% of workers have a hybrid working schedule. These workers work in the office one or two days a week and work the other days remotely. Employees visit the office to conduct and attend important meetings, access office materials and supplies, and work from home or anywhere else throughout the rest of the week.
And as laptops and smartphones blur the lines between work and play, workers can answer Slack messages, send emails, and access sensitive company information from their personal and work devices while on the go.
But are workers compromising their company’s security measures by working from a personal device or completing their work on their local Starbucks’ Wi-Fi network? ZDNET spoke with experts about the pitfalls of remote working and cybersecurity and how employees and employers can avoid a catastrophic situation.
Here are a few things you may be doing to make your remote work setup less secure.
Tips for employees
Tips for employers
In conclusion, employees and employers should work together to ensure their sensitive personal and professional information stays safe and secure. But employees can only be so responsible for their company’s cybersecurity practices.
Inka Karppinen, lead behavioral scientist at CybSafe, says that although there are many valuable tips for employees to stay safe, it’s ultimately up to employers to protect their employees and their business.
“While people want to be part of the solution, they have busy lives and can only do so much,” she says. “Therefore, employers need to not only empower their people to value cyber security as a core value, but also give them the tools to be an effective line of defense.”