How the Work-Life Blur Affects Data Security

By: James Pattinson | 9/30/2015

People now expect to be able to work whenever and wherever we are. This is, in part, due to a demographic shift within the workplace. Millennials, adults now aged 18-34, are the single largest generation in the workforce. Millennials, as the first generation of Digital Natives, have different expectations when it comes to work. Data shows that 87% of Millennials have their smartphone with them day and night, and this blurring of “work” and “personal” time has a huge impact on data security.

I recently wrote an article for Information Age about the impact of the Work-Life Blur on Data Security. I look at how employees are using technology, from taking a work call on a personal mobile, to editing a work document on a home computer to installing a dating or social media app on a work device (which our research shows is very common) - essentially adopting a more cavalier attitude to their devices.

Work devices are a portal to company data and the more people treat them like personal phones, the higher risk to business data loss or theft. By equal measure, downloading unauthorised personal apps onto a work phone could leave the device open to hackers and other vulnerabilities.

With organizations in danger of losing control of their data in this way, and the rise of wide-sweeping data regulations such as the EU GDPR, how can firms regain control? In the article, I talk about the importance of educating employees on their role in protecting data, which is more about a culture shift than it is about a policy. Of course, education must be coupled with strong policies and technology solutions to securely track and manage devices that access corporate networks, such as we provide with Absolute DDS. We’d love to work with you to help ensure your organization can keep pace with the demands of employees, while also keeping data secure.

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