It used to be employers worried about telecommuters sitting around watching soap operas all day -- now the concern is whether theyre somehow leaking or compromising corporate data from their home offices.
Half of the respondents dont have formal policies, training, or procedures for teaching telecommuters about security and privacy risks.
Among the key findings were that while over 75 percent of them allow their employees to link to the corporate network via a wireless network, only about half of the companies mandate secure wireless connections for their at-home users. While email encryption is used by half of the organizations, telecommuters still use encryption-less home computers for work, according to the report.
Telecommuter security and privacy issues need to be revisited, according to the Ernst & Young report. Common privacy and security practices are often lacking with regard to [the] telecommuter user of portable devices, wireless networks, and internet downloads; such oversights could lead to the compromise of the personal information that employees handle at home, the report says.
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Senior Editor, Dark Reading