Thursday, April 20, 2006

Security risks of telecommuting

Popularity of laptops and wireless networks are making telecommuting a pretty standard business practice these days. With all this remote access going on, the accessibility of corporate files off company premises become worrisome, it goes without saying that more companies are increasing their security perimeter to include the home computers of their employees.

A recent study found that in 2005, nearly 9 million people worked from home for three or more days a month. A full 25 percent of those people worked from home all the time. Early predictions are for even higher figures in 2006.

That's a lot of opportunities for hackers to seize computer secrets, especially given the inherently lower level of security found in most home computer systems.

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