Risks When Employees Work for a Virtual Company

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Employee Risks
The authors of our textbook inform us that the employers of virtual works are not the only ones assuming risks, as the virtual works themselves’ face a plethora of personal risks, even if they encrypt organizational information regularly. The reason that the previously mentioned is true is due to the fact that the employees private and personal data could be exposed during legal discovery requests. As such, the textbook asserts that for the aforementioned as well as additional reasons, organizational assets should be only used to perform company functions only, which needs to be stated explicitly in the security policies of the organization as to protect both the employee as well as the employer. Unfortunately, I was able to find very little information regarding the risks posed to employees during my research when it comes to Virtual Work, the primary focus is overwhelmingly on the risks assumed by the employers of virtual works (Workman, Phelps, & Gathegi, 2013, p. 44).
Employee Monitoring and Control
Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid, the author of the Privacy within the virtual workplace: The entitlement of employees to a virtual “private zone” and the "balloon" theory article notes that employers rely on monitoring social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook in their efforts collecting information that may glean insight into existing and potential hirers (Yanisky-Ravid, 2013 p. 7).
The author later states that the following generations of workers are cognizant and acknowledge their vulnerability of their reputation due to digital media, however, are unwilling to abstain from participating on the Internet and segregate themselves socially. As a result of this fact, Millennials depend on and expect ...

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Workman, M., Phelps, D. C., & Gathegi, J. N. (2013). Information security for managers. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Yanisky-Ravid, S., Dr. (2013, March 11). Privacy within the virtual workplace: The entitlement of employees to a virtual “private zone” and the "balloon" theory [PDF]. Retrieved from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2231694

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