Report finds only 18% of employees are concerned with security & IT when
it comes to flexible working
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) Avast (AVST:LSE), the global leader in digital security products, today
announced findings from its 2018 Mobile Workforce Report. The research
found that new flexible working practices could pose a security risk to
small businesses, with one in five of employees (21%) stating they are
most productive when working in public spaces like a cafe or library,
but only 18% concerned with the security implications this could have.
Small to mid-size businesses (SMB) therefore face the challenge of
keeping their business secure, all the while adhering to the needs and
expectations of the modern workforce.
A new normal
The study uncovered the trends and
expectations around mobile working, with over half (52%) preferring to
take a pay cut rather than being restricted to an office. A further 12%
would choose home working flexibility over a pay rise, even if they were
offered an increase of 25%. With businesses in a battle for the best
talent, being able to attract workers with this ability to offer modern
working practices will be vital. However, 38% said they don’t receive
the technological support or expertise they need when working from home
or in a public place, which makes security an increasing issue for small
businesses offering flexible working to solve.
“The 9-5 workplace is a thing of the past, and the employees entering
the workforce today are demanding increased flexibility with hours,
location, and personalized benefits,” said Kevin Chapman, SVP and
general manager at Avast Business. “Whilst proven in some cases to
increase employee satisfaction, and even productivity, there are very
real security issues that need to be addressed. Businesses need to be in
a position where they provide the tools that not only enable
flexibility, but do so in a secure way. It’s also important not to
forget those employees that would prefer to remain in a traditional
office environment. A balance must be struck to enable all employees to
work in a way that is most beneficial to them.”
Benefits of mobile working
Not only will SMBs be able to
attract the best staff, but mobile working does appear to have other
benefits. When employees of small businesses were asked about the
benefits of being allowed to work remotely and remotely, over a third
(34%) said it made them happier, and 32% claimed that it makes them
enjoy their job. The research also found that it’s not just employee
satisfaction that increases, but flexible working could also have a
positive impact on quality of work and productivity; 38% of employees
claimed to be the most productive when working from home compared to 35%
who felt they were the most productive in the office.
Small businesses looking to adapt new working practices need to address
the challenges raised in the report. If staff are accessing sensitive
data or logging into business accounts through unsecured Wi-Fi, this
puts the business at risk of an attack. There is also risk of a data
breach should an employee save sensitive information to a desktop that
then gets stolen, especially if passwords aren’t unique and complex.
Small business owners need to provide security measures for mobile
workers such as Virtual Private Network solutions for use on open Wi-Fi
connections and anti-malware endpoint software for all employee Bring
Your Own Device handsets and tablets. This should be coupled with
ensuring that they are educating their employees on the very important
role they have to play in the business’s security.
The report notes there is an increasing trend towards mobile working,
there is still a significant number of those who prefer the stability of
basing themselves in an office. The study also found that levels of
stress and anxiety in the workplace did not differ wildly whether an
employee was office or home-based, suggesting that there should not be a
one-size-fits all approach to mobile working.
Further details of the study, and the full 2018 Mobile Workforce Report
can be found here .
About Avast (AVST:LSE)
Avast ( www.avast.com ),
the global leader in digital security products, protects over 400
million people online. Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG
brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving
IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is among
the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial
intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast
digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and
certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, ICSA Labs, West
Coast Labs and others. Avast is backed by leading global private equity
firms CVC Capital Partners and Summit Partners.
The AVG Business by Avast portfolio provides solutions that extend
across endpoint protection to complete network management to secure,
simplify and optimize the IT experience for SMBs worldwide. The product
portfolio reflects a unique and strong combination of security and
managed services capabilities for both end-customers and channel
partners, fueled by the company’s strengths as a remote monitoring and
management solution provider with its own native security engine. AVG
Business by Avast is also dedicated to the channel and has a
comprehensive partner program in place to ensure partners can
successfully position and sell the products, effectively secure SMBs,
and enable profitable channel growth.
In July 2018, Avast Business surveyed 1,850 individuals who spend at
least one day a week working from home. All respondents work for small
businesses in the U.S. and U.K.
PR Manager, US
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