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HR tech Number of the Week: ID theft

A remote workforce is a tempting target for hackers, and employers increasingly are offering protection for their workers

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As open enrollment season continues, employers are considering adding a new employee benefit that has grown in urgency since the hybrid workforce became a reality in the COVID-19 pandemic: identity theft protection. According to a survey from Willis Towers Watson, 78% of employers will offer ID theft protection as an employee benefit by 2022.

What does this mean for HR leaders?

Unauthorized access of employee personal accounts is one of the biggest causes of employer breaches—often due to employees using the same passwords on both private and work accounts, says Kristin Lewis, senior vice president of product and strategy, employee benefits, for identity protection solution provider Aura.

“Employers have an obligation to protect employees online, both to reduce the risk to the business and to ensure their wellbeing by protecting some of the things that matter to them the most: their identity, money, assets, online privacy and reputation,” Lewis says.

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