Workplace design tips to help deter hackers

October 8, 2019 | Karoline Gore

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31 percent of companies in the USA have been subjected to cyber attacks and 43 percent of those attacks were aimed at small businesses. When workplaces are designed with cybersecurity in mind, the odds of breaches will decrease. This is good news, because some breaches have the capacity to put companies out of business. These workplace design tips will make it simpler to keep hackers out of workplace networks. With a little smart planning and implementation, a workplace that is designed to provide top-notch data security can be an attractive and functional place.  

Invest in ultra-modern hardware

A lot of modern hardware, such as brand-new mainframes, have cybersecurity software baked right in. If hardware at your business is out-of-date, it may be time to make a capital investment in new hardware that is inherently more secure. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to let your guard down. You’ll still need centralized security monitoring of cloud devices and networks, onsite and in remote places, which assist you with finding threats. As a bonus, new hardware, from PCs to printers and beyond, improve the look of a workplace and send a message of success.  

Avoid open plan office design

To ensure the highest level of cybersecurity, avoid an open plan office, in favor of private offices or offices with cubicle walls. Open plan offices create data security risks, because a lot of people have access to unlocked computers and papers which might contain sensitive information about computer systems. To make a VIP's private office feel warm and cozy, consider adding a fireplace, which will make guests relax while adding a touch of luxury.

For a cubicle-based workplace, put a few bean bag chairs in an empty corner. The corner will become a comfortable lounge area for rest breaks or collaboration, which is a safe distance away from computers and papers. Mixing modern and old-fashioned design elements is a good way to add eclecticism, without sacrificing cybersecurity. Non-smart design elements, such as fireplaces and retro bean bag chairs, don’t need to be monitored for data security purposes and they help to create a positive company culture.   

Create a safe room for sensitive conversations

When designing a workplace with data security in mind, there should be a room that is set aside for private business conversations. If the room has windows, there should be window treatments, such as blinds, which enhance privacy. Sound shouldn't carry from the room when people inside talk at a normal volume level with the room's door closed. This type of safe room is the right place to discuss facts that shouldn't be shared with the whole office. 

There’s no substitute for consultations with the world’s premier cybersecurity experts. These types of consultations can keep a business thriving, which might otherwise be harmed by data breaches. So, don’t hesitate to ask a cybersecurity expert for advice before proceeding with new office design.

Karoline Gore

About the Author: Karoline Gore

Karoline spent most of her working life in tech development before leaving to pursue her passion as a freelance writer. She enjoys the slower pace of this life but still loves to geek out on technology topics.

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