The way your company arranges its office furniture, can contribute to the security that individual workers experience. Because simple items like desk phones can be subject to hacking and other kinds of interference, your company should consider furniture that makes it easy for the employee to get to their equipment, but difficult  for access by an intruder.

Wired recently reported on a series of desk-based pranks that suggest ominous implications. The source describes several jokes performed in an office by Brandon Edwards, who, along with fellow hacker Ben Nell, presented their experience and findings at a convention.

According to their presentation, the common setup of a phone and office computer can be easily exploited for mischief, including routing sound clips through the phone and altering the display text on the readout. Because these actions were easily executed on common office devices,  their presentation highlights that more attention should be paid to the way they are secured.

Your company might instinctively cluster desks together or place electronic equipment in easy-to-access places. But are these actions leaving workstations open to exploitation? Layout might not completely stop these kinds of attacks, but it could also encourage them.

While the issue of cybersecurity will ultimately depend upon the devices and software that you use, consider how you can incorporate used office furniture into an arrangement that is both secure and liberating for work purposes. This could include desks and workstations that don’t leave the phone and computer as exposed to those who would attempt office pranks or more serious hacking.

The sooner you develop a sense of protection and security protocols, the more you can concentrate on productivity and a stable workplace.