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Keep your home office safe in January

When: Jan. 5-11

What: It’s easy to forget about computer security for those working in home offices, what with the comforts of slippers and a favorite chair. But as the coffee pot percolates to keep employees chugging along, take the time to be aware during Home Office Safety and Security Week, observed Jan. 5 to 11.

Background: In an office setting, there are always those tasked with assuring your safety and security, from security guards in the building to IT teams ensuring your computer is equipped with the latest firewalls. When the setting changes and a person transitions to a home office, however, it can be easy to overlook those simple needs every office – home or corporate – has. Home Office Safety and Security Week is about promoting awareness and urging the home employee to take appropriate steps to ensure their safety.

Story Pitch: A number of groups and organizations can pitch around Home Office Safety and Security Week. IT specialists may want to note the importance of installing proper firewalls and taking the proper security measures for a home computer. They may offer their services along with lessons on how to properly protect your computer from dangers.  In addition, home security system providers will want to touch on the issue of home security and the need for a good security system. Finally, providers of office safety equipment, such as ergonomic chairs and keyboards, may stress the importance of avoiding injury in the home office, while promoting their products.

Story Hook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 18.3 million home-based businesses in the United States. Consider the following when making your pitch:

  • What are some ways to make home offices safer from a break-in or theft?
  • How can the home office employee avoid workplace injuries where they might seem less common?
  • What are some ways to protect your home office equipment from computer viruses and hackers?
  • What other simple actions, such as running the most recent updates, can help keep your computer safe?
  • What are some of the latest technologies for computer security?

Tips: An IT specialist who deals with home office employee safety may have ideas on how to ensure security. In addition, someone who works from home can provide insight into how they maintain safety and security in their environment.

Resources:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(800) 321-6742
www.osha.gov

SANS Institute
(301) 654-7267
press(at)sans.org
www.sans.org

United States Department of Labor
(202) 693-4676
www.dol.gov

U.S. Small Business Administration
(800) 827-5722
www.sba.gov

–Researched, compiled & written by Kimberly Cooper
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