With working from home and hybrid work models, the use of personal devices for work purposes has become increasingly common. While this trend is very convenient for both employers and employees, it also poses a significant risk to both. Let’s dive into the risks of using personal devices for work purposes and see how we can minimize these risks:
Personal devices aren’t guaranteed the same level of security as company-issued devices, making them higher risk for cyber-attacks. With company devices, there are set security programs installed, however with personal devices, users across the company may be using different antivirus solutions. Additionally, users may not be frequently updating their personal devices leaving them vulnerable to be exploited.
Mixing Work and Personal Life
Using personal devices for work purposes can blur the line between work and personal life, leading to potential privacy and security concerns. Often families share personal devices for accessing social media, playing video games, and streaming media. In addition to the increased vulnerabilities from accessing these things, it can also lead to sensitive information potentially being seen by unauthorized eyes.
In the case of a data breach or malware event, it’s important to be able to recover the data lost. On a personal device, it’s possible that employers and coworkers won’t have access to data stored on personal devices. This lack of access can also make it difficult to enforce data retention, data backups, and to monitor and audit file access.
Minimizing the Risks
Employers can implement policies that restrict the use of personal devices for work purposes or that require employees to use company-issued devices. Employers can also provide training to employees on security best practices and implement security measures such as two-factor authentication and encryption.
Employees can also take steps to minimize the risks associated with using personal devices for work purposes. This includes using strong passwords and keeping software up to date. Employees can also use separate work and personal profiles on their devices to help maintain privacy and prevent work-related data from mixing with personal data.
In conclusion, while the use of personal devices for work purposes can be convenient and beneficial, it also poses significant risks. By taking steps to minimize these risks, both employers and employees can ensure that sensitive company data remains secure, and that employee privacy is protected.