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Are we too work-obsessed to be secure?

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Do you pick up your phone to check social media, the latest news and weather? Or are you straight into work-mode? Asks Per Stritich, Vice President EMEA, OneLogin.

The modern workplace is constantly connected. In many ways, connected devices are becoming an extension of our physical being, permanently within reach and “always on”. Increasingly, people sleep next to their phones, check devices at meal times, and even connect while on holiday. It is becoming almost impossible for many people to switch off from work in personal time and instead, working much longer hours.

The rise of the remote worker is of course helpful for an organisations’ productivity and is considered a step in the right direction for flexible working and a much desired good work-life balance for employees. However, as more of us adopt mobile working, it’s key to stop and look at the implications of constant connectivity and the effect it may be having on both the health of employees and the health of business security.

Employees are the most important resource to any company and at the same time the weakest link when it comes to information security, so rather than implementing complex security measures that discourage workers, security needs to be as user-friendly as possible. The quick implementation of an IAM solution and single sign-on technology is vital for those looking to get access under control and ensure employees aren’t putting data at risk, ensuring they are the only ones who can get their hands on it.

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