According to US Department of Labor statistics, approximately 40% of the US workforce consists of contingent workers – someone who works for an organization but is not a permanent employee – and that number is only expected to increase over the next three to five years. This increased usage not only in the US but also around the world is changing all aspects of business – including security departments.
While many security departments have focused in recent years on streamlining the systems and processes affecting access management for their organization's employees, the particulars of managing contingent workers has not received the same level of focus. Rather than developing approaches specific to contractors, many departments cut corners and use the same processes they use for employees. While this may be the easiest solution, it is also the costliest resulting in errors, delays and an increased exposure to risk of insider threat incidents.
With the number of contingent workers increasing year after year, security departments need to find a new approach to managing a contingent workforce – one that ensures the right balance between security and creating operational and cost efficiencies for the organization.