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Secure home workers on National Work from Home Day

PGP (GB) : 14 May, 2008  (Technical Article)
PGP highlights the need to ensure remote workers are secured during the national work from home day initiative in the UK
Tomorrow is National Work from Home Day and marks the start of Work Wise Week UK. National Work from Home Day aims to introduce "smarter working" for employees, enhancing work-life balance by reducing the need to travel and improving productivity.

Jamie Cowper, Director of Marketing EMEA at data protection expert PGP Corporation, has said the following: "This is a laudable initiative and highlights how staff and employers are responding to the rapidly changing work environment.

However, it does throw up some serious concerns from a security standpoint. While home working may be a bonus for employees, companies have a far greater obligation to their customers to ensure that sensitive data isn't allowed out into the wild without the same protection offered in the corporate environment. Given the high number of recent data breaches resulting from unsecured laptops being lost or stolen outside of the office, the timing of this event is perhaps slightly unfortunate.

For smarter working to be a real benefit, companies need to be able to protect sensitive data wherever it resides. A centrally-managed encryption solution that protects the data on a laptop or portable storage device outside of the corporate network allows companies peace of mind, while enabling employees to enjoy the benefits of flexible working."
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