We’ve all noticed the uptick in remote work and the growing trend for companies to employ contractors who provide specialized skills on a freelance basis. Apparently, this new ‘gig economy’ is here to stay. According to a study by Upwork and Freelancers Union, in 2023, 38% of the U.S. workforce, or 64 million Americans, performed freelance work. Some pundits forecast that freelancers could constitute a majority of the U.S. workforce within a decade.

We’ve undergone a fundamental shift in how people work, where the focus is on working when and where you want. Flexibility and autonomy are high priority for freelancers, and they generally prefer using their own devices to streamline their work processes and maintain control over their work environment. As a result, more companies are adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies to efficiently integrate this growing segment.  

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is raising new data security challenges for companies hiring contractors. When contractors use their personal devices for work, it increases the risk of data breaches, because these devices generally don’t have the same level of security as company-provided hardware​. These personal devices are more vulnerable to malware and unauthorized access, leaving sensitive company data at risk of being compromised—and the company itself at risk of not staying compliant with standards and regulations for personal data. What’s more, contractors may use unsecured networks, further exposing company information to potential cyber threats. 

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To mitigate these risks, companies need to enforce strict BYOD policies, ensure that contractors’ devices comply with security standards and compliance regulations, and provide secure access methods such as software to ensure security, VPNs, Secure Enclaves, and multi-factor authentication.

This blog unpacks some of the reasons contractors are hesitant to install security measures on their personal devices and provides several strategies to help you overcome the pushback while safeguarding BYOD security for your company.

Why contractors are reluctant to install security software on their devices 

But what contractor wants to install all kinds of external company software on their personal device? Here are some of their concerns:

The risks of insecure BYOD/BYO-PC

But, not having the contractors install software to protect their devices from cyberattacks, like data theft or malware, can have severe repercussions for the business. Any company hiring outside contractors should be wary of the following:

Strategies to overcome pushback

The best way to overcome contractor pushback is by using a multifaceted approach that addresses contractor concerns while ensuring a more secure environment.

Education and training: Offering contractors detailed information on why they need the security software and how it can protect both the company’s data and their privacy will help build trust. By conducting training sessions, you can explain how the software works, how it prevents data breaches, and how it helps maintain compliance regulations. Giving real-world examples and statistics of what can go wrong without proper security will also help get their ‘buy in’ for adoption.

Involving contractors in the decision-making process:  When contractors feel their opinions are valued and considered, they are more likely to agree to the implementation of security measures. This involvement can be in the form of feedback sessions, surveys, or focus groups where contractors can express their concerns and preferences. A collaborative approach will create a sense of accountability among contractors, making them more willing to comply with security protocols.

Providing reassurance through case studies and testimonials: Sharing real-life examples in which the security software protected data without disrupting contractor workflows can help address their fears and highlight the practical benefits. Testimonials from peers who had a positive experience can be especially persuasive because they’ll be seen as a credible source of information. 

Simplifying the installation process with guides and support: Making the installation process as straightforward as possible is critical to reducing pushback. Also, providing step-by-step guides and responsive technical support will help your contractors install the software with minimal hassle. The guides can include detailed instructions, video tutorials, and troubleshooting tips that address common issues. This kind of support will help contractors feel more confident and reduce their reluctance to adopt it.  

Essential features for the ideal solution

The best BYOD security solution will seamlessly integrate into your contractors’ workflows while maintaining robust security standards. Look for solutions that offer the following features:

The path forward – seamless and secure contractor integration

By understanding and addressing the concerns of contractors, you can gain their trust and overcome the initial pushback. But by implementing a BYOD security solution that eliminates these concerns, you can foster a more positive and productive long-term working relationship. 

Venn is the first purpose-built patented technology for secure BYO-PC that ticks all the boxes when it comes to contractor concerns and company security needs. Similar to an MDM solution but for laptops – work lives in a company-controlled Secure Enclave installed on the user’s PC or Mac, where business activity is isolated and protected from any personal use on the same computer. 

Venn acts as a virtual wrapper around work applications, functioning like a firewall to control what goes in or out of the secure enclave. It secures remote work on any unmanaged or BYOD computer with a radically simplified and less costly solution than virtual desktops. Because it provides full isolation and separation between work and personal applications, contractor concerns about privacy, monitoring, or interference are all alleviated and companies are assured of compliance with the highest standards. Over 700 organizations, including Fidelity, Guardian, and Voya, trust Venn to meet FINRA, SEC, NAIC, and SOC 2 standards.

Want to learn more? Visit us at venn.com.

Heather Howland

Heather Howland

SVP Marketing

Responsible for championing the Venn brand, building awareness, and accelerating growth. With 20+ years of marketing experience and various marketing leadership roles, I'm passionate about bringing new technologies to market.