Careless remote workers cost businesses


Workers using remote technology are fuelling security spending, according to new research from Cisco.

In its annual poll, the company found that 62 per cent of IT decision makers said they are planning to increase spending to reduce the dangers of working remotely.

Chief security officer, John N Stewart explained the company was also looking to better train its staff: "Increasing employee awareness through sustained education reduces threats, attacks and the painful price tags they typically carry."

It found security concerns were most serious for workers in Brazil, China and India. The report’s overall concern is that workers open suspicious emails, share corporate devices and join unsecured wireless networks.

Wireless networks are increasingly found in social areas such as pubs and restaurants, although the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is currently conducting tests and measuring the exposure levels in classrooms, homes and offices.