Home working spreads among office workers

Some security hassles remain

Once seen as an eccentric privilege, remote working is now so established that as many as half of UK office workers were doing it this summer, according to a new survey.

The survey on behalf of authentication outfit GrIDsure was small - only 102 people took part - but still paints an image of a workforce undergoing rapid changes in work behaviour.

46 per cent of workers said they had planned remote and home working this August, four per cent of whom were doing so for the first time ever. More than half defined 'remote' as being 'from home', but six per cent said they had worked remotely while on holiday with an equal percentage doing so while on a train.

Despite 68 per cent describing home working as an important part of overall job satisfaction, 15 per cent with suitable jobs said they could work remotely but were prevented from doing so by their employer.

Most home workers relied on Internet access to make home working possible, but a quarter complained of broadband speeds, while 16 per cent worried about data security. Surprisingly, only nine per cent worried about technical problems around password or smart token access.

"All too often remote working is associated with concerns around security and difficulties in logging onto remote networks. Not only can this be frustrating for the end user, but it also puts unnecessary strain on the IT helpdesk," said GrIDsure's CEO, Stephen Howes.

Given the relatively modest prevalence of security as a worry, this is perhaps an exaggeration. Clearly, technology can be an issue that is perhaps stopping home working becoming even more common above the roughly half of users experiencing it.

"As employees choose remote working locations outside of their home security becomes even more crucial, yet it is worrying to see such a large proportion of users accessing their networks without any for form of authentication," said Howes.

GrIDsure's system is based on replacing passwords with a numbers entered using a pre-defined sequence of squares arranged in a grid. Every time the user logs in, they remember the sequence of squares but the number inside each square changes, essentially a clever way of implementing a one-time password.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags IT managementNetworkingSME

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John E Dunn

Techworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?