Security fears for Remote Working

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A survey by information security company Imation Corp found that 96% of businesses across the UK and Germany now permit their staff to work remotely. And 98% said it is advantageous to their business.

It also found that remote working has increased employee motivation due to greater flexibility (62%), and led to increased productivity as employees can work from multiple locations (61%).

Despite the positive outlook, data breaches and business costs are still among the biggest concerns for organisations when considering the value of remote working, with  92% of organisations responding that remote working causes challenges or concerns.

A third of these listed data security as a top fear when evaluating remote working practices. Over half are worried about data losses through misplaced devices, and 61% expressed concern about the potential for employees to expose the organisation to the risk of a data breach or loss.

Despite the growing popularity of remote working,  only 21% of organisations enforce, or plan to enforce their remote working policy via IT processes. There also appears to be a lack of basic security measures, with over half of respondents agreeing that the data employees take away from the office could be more adequately secured.

Nick Banks, vice president EMEA and APAC, at IronKey, a part of Imation Corp., said: “It is important for companies to embrace mobile working, but managing the security of data on the move and ensuring there are policies in place to protect it, the employees, and the organisations who own it, should be a priority for anyone considering remote working.”

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