Half Work and Half Play Makes Jack a Security Risk

By Tony Kontzer
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    78% of survey respondents said they use their personal devices for work-related activities.

It's probably time to rethink this whole notion of work-life balance. With huge numbers of workers saying that they're using their work devices for personal business and using their personal devices to do work, the line between work and personal business is no longer just blurry. It's virtually nonexistent, and IT security teams must pay attention. That's the key takeaway from a recent survey conducted by MSI Research on behalf of Intel Security. MSI interviewed 2,500 professionals in 12 countries to gauge their attitudes about online data protection in the era of mobile business. What they found is that employees are increasingly using their work and personal devices interchangeably, placing the onus on their employers to adequately protect both. "Working wherever and whenever has rapidly become the norm, as employees and employers strive for increased productivity, collaboration and responsiveness," said Candace Worley, a senior vice president at Intel Security. "This can pose significant security risks for organizations, as employees often use whatever network is available to them whether they are sure it's secure or not." In other words, you're letting your mobile employees roam outside of your network unchecked at your own risk.

This article was originally published on 2015-02-27
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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