Many enterprises are potentially jeopardising corporate IT security by failing properly to control the "risky online behaviour" of remote workers, new research has claimed.
The second international study of remote workers and their online behaviour, conducted by Cisco Systems, found that many corporate IT departments have little or no control over the internet use of remote workers.
Cisco's latest study included responses from more than 1,000 remote workers and 1,000 IT decision makers in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, China, India, Australia and Brazil.
Conducted this summer by an independent market research firm, the responses are "eye-opening", according to Cisco.
In six of the 10 countries. including the US, the majority of remote workers believed that their general managers had more authority to control their behaviour than the IT department.
And in France, more remote workers (38 per cent) said that it was no one's business than those (33 per cent) who felt IT had such a right.
More remote workers in Australia, Brazil, China and the UK viewed their general managers as having more authority than IT.
India, Italy, Japan and Germany were the exceptions, but one-third of the remote workers in Japan and Germany placed the responsibility on their managers, regardless of whether they felt IT had such a right.
All remote workers surveyed were non-IT professionals, meaning that managers in sales, marketing, accounting, HR, customer support, operations and other lines of business were perceived to rival or exceed IT's authority in managing remote users' online behaviour.
Aside from managers and IT, 13 per cent of all remote workers felt that no one should control their use of corporate devices.
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