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Vendor comparison: DIY home security systems

Originally Published:
Nov 2018

Independent contractors working from home need to protect sensitive and proprietary data from unauthorized access and criminal mischief. Numerous options are available to provide this protection, but comparing home security systems, technologies, and vendors efficiently requires a systematic approach. This download includes selection guidelines and a basic tool that will give you a framework for making the right decisions for your situation.

From the guidelines:

The gig economy, where work is performed on a job-by-job basis by freelancers and independent contractors instead of employees with benefits, is a growing trend across almost all industries. Whether it’s in a dedicated office or at the kitchen table, many participants in the gig economy find themselves working from home. Without some form of home security system, this work environment could place sensitive data, proprietary documents, and potential enterprise network access points at risk (not to mention personal safety and property). But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With the widespread adoption of technological advancements in IoT and wireless communication, installing and monitoring a home security system no longer must involve a massive initial monetary investment. Do-it-yourself (DIY) and relatively inexpensive home security systems can be deployed quickly and without rewiring an entire house.

Once the DIY home security system is installed, users can even opt to monitor it themselves using their smart devices. Or if they prefer, they can arrange for professional security monitoring of the system, saving the substantial cost of traditional installations.

When it comes to DIY home security, there are many systems and components to consider and many decisions to make. This vendor comparison provides guidelines you can follow as you make decisions regarding how you will deploy your home security system. The companion comparison tool will document your research and provide an organized way to make the best decisions.

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