Last edited 14 Aug 2020

Office design and data privacy

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[edit] Introduction

The majority of architects feel frustrated by the constraints of data privacy when designing office spaces, a study has found: 72% of architects find data security considerations inconvenient when creating an office plan. The research suggests that architects want change, finding that 71% agree or strongly agree that factoring in privacy compromised their designs.

[edit] The importance of security in design

Architects do not view security as a top priority in the design process: when questioned they said data security was the fourth most important design consideration after accessibility, lighting and open plan design.

However, over two thirds (69%) agreed, or strongly agreed, that a good architect always considers data security when designing office space and meeting rooms. Additionally, 68% agreed, or strongly agreed, that data security should be of high importance to the architect.

[edit] Whose data is it anyway?

The increased demand for physical data protection appears to be driven by businesses. The survey found that 70% of those questioned agreed or strongly agreed that clients increasingly ask them to consider data security when designing space.

It’s no surprise that businesses are concerned, with one in three (34%) data breaches involving internal employees. Coinciding with a significant rise in co-working spaces, open-plan offices and hot desking, architects are being asked to deliver privacy in offices while ensuring the design remains visually appealing.

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