Is Telework a Growing Cyber Threat? New Guidelines Offer Security Tips

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is revising its telework guidance to address cybersecurity concerns associated with employees who access work content on their personal smartphones, tablets and computers.

A bring-your-own-device policy could make organizations vulnerable to hackers, new draft guidance from NIST suggests. For example, employers are finding that “many data breaches occur when attackers can steal important information from a network by first attacking computers used for telework,” Murugiah Souppaya, a NIST computer scientist, said in a blog post published this week.

The agency is collecting public comment on the new draft telework guidance, which include security-related recommendations for both the organizations and the employees themselves, including suggestions to create separate, external networks for personal devices.

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