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The gig economy has changed the landscape for workers, businesses and consumers alike. At present, independent contractors account for about 34 percent of the U.S workforce, and that’s expected to increase to approximately 43 percent by 2020. This represents a significant shift in the way employment is structured and the relationship between employees and employers.
It also changes the way cybersecurity functions at work.
Recent analysis has discovered that contractors working within the gig economy face increased vulnerability to scammers. On top of that, these workers generally have less complete cybersecurity protections than traditional employment would offer, as well. That means gig economy participants need to be looking out for their own privacy and protection, and they need to be vigilant in the face of phishing attacks and other scams.
Those companies that provide a platform to gig economy workers are also facing intensified risks compared to traditional business models. Because the workers connecting to the platform are all coming from external systems, a new networking relationship emerges. In essence, this can be characterized as a switch from bring-your-own-device to bring-your-own-identity.
If you are part of the growing gig economy, you need to make sure that security is a priority, and the steps you take will depend on how you are connected to the market.
Employers that operate gig economy platforms might prioritize the following:
- Strengthen your mobile device security processes and protocols to mitigate the risks associated with many external connections.
- Offering some basic privacy training or resources.
- Make identity management a top priority and establish thorough authentication controls
If you are a contractor in the gig economy, consider the following steps to protect yourself from cyber attackers:
- Take steps to secure your home office and consider separate devices for home and work.
- Find consumer tools that can help you stay protected.
- Educate yourself on cybersecurity topics and privacy issues.
Lunarline can help organizations with gig economy security needs. To learn more about what we can do, contact us today.