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Survey finds IT managers wary of remote workers

The Internet is a boon for mobility at the workplace. But a recent survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne and TNS, shows that nearly nine in 10 IT managers fear the security risks caused by remote working practices.

The Internet is a boon for mobility in the workplace. But a recent survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne and TNS, shows that nearly nine in 10 IT managers fear the security risks caused by remote working practices.

A quote from the article at Computer World | PC World:

The study, conducted by Vanson Bourne and TNS, also showed that 87 percent of remote workers use their home PCs to access company data. The consumer research surveyed 1,335 U.K. adults and the IT manager research questioned 200 businesses of up to 250 employees.

With the company IT department being unable to vet or install controls on home computers, IT managers were unable to monitor whether home users install patches or scan e-mail attachments for viruses. 90 percent of home workers admitted that they themselves are responsible for maintaining the security arrangements of their PCs.

The results of the survey concur with the fact that workers generally believe that working from home is more productive (59%) and helps maintain a better work-life balance. At the same time, many users (46%) are not allowed to work from home, despite believing that it would increase their productivity.

Productivity vis-a-vis security

With VPN, VoIP, and many collaboration tools making interaction with the workplace ubiquitous, no matter what the location, their are several advantages to working from home. However, IT managers are extremely wary of users connecting to the office network from their home PCs, especially considering the fact that VPNs are not the perfect security solution (Enterprise Networks and Servers).

Using office laptops to secure user access is one way to ensure security at the connection points. But even then, the proliferation and permutation of attacks presents a scary scenario.

On one side, you have an increase of freedom and productivity gains, and on the other side, you have fear of a security lapse. Does your organization have a policy for telecommuting or encourage employees to work from home?

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