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CIS Introduces Telework and Small Office Network Security Guide

CIS Secures the Homefront for Teleworkers, Small Businesses

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2019 – Many companies are embracing “remote teams” and allowing their employees the opportunity to work from home or telecommute. However, home IT devices are still subjected to many of the same threats as on-site business devices. Unsecured off-site routers, modems, and other network devices can cause big headaches for employers, and poorly configured home devices can affect the entire organization. The Center for Internet Security Inc. (CIS®) has published the CIS Telework and Small Office Network Security Guide to help combat this issue.

According to Forbes, 38% of teleworkers lack the technological support they need to do their jobs. The guide offers recommendations for purchasing equipment and basic network and device setup to help organizations secure their remote employees’ home routers and modems against digital threats. Securing these network devices is critical as they act as an on-ramp for internal networks to access the internet. As a result, they are subject to scans and attacks from outside networks. The threat surface grows as teleworking expands. Threats can include: spying on browsing habits and web activities, harming connected devices, and exploiting vulnerabilities within the routers. The guide also highlights network management, authenticating and encrypting traffic, and maintaining security.

“As businesses and individuals gain productivity through remote access and telework, they have to match that with a focus on security,” said CIS EVP & Chief Evangelist Tony Sager. “The CIS Controls team created this guide to identify the most important security steps and configuration settings for your devices to help you improve your defenses and maintain confidence in your data and operations.”

The guide includes a network security checklist, and tells users how to map security configurations to the CIS Controls, giving employees cybersecurity protection at their remote location.

While the guide is directed towards companies and other organizations, it can also be used for personal use. CIS encourages teleworkers and other individuals to configure the security options of their commodity network devices in accordance with this guidance to help thwart future cyber-attacks.

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The Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS®) is a forward-thinking, nonprofit entity that harnesses the power of a global IT community to safeguard private and public organizations against cyber threats. The CIS Controls® and CIS Benchmarks are the global standard and recognized best practices for securing IT systems and data against the most pervasive attacks. These proven guidelines are continuously refined and verified by a volunteer, global community of experienced IT professionals. Our CIS Hardened Images® are virtual machine emulations preconfigured to provide secure, on-demand, and scalable computing environments in the cloud. CIS is home to both the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®), the go-to resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial government entities, and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center™ (EI-ISAC®), which supports the cybersecurity needs of U.S. State, Local, and Territorial elections offices. To learn more, visit www.CISecurity.org or follow us on Twitter: @CISecurity.