“Working off-site” - May’s security awareness and training module
Background and scope
Working from home, on-the-hoof, or more generally working in temporary and transient
locations, changes the information risks compared to working in purpose-built offices. Mostly, the risks increase in line with the complexities of remote access, portability and
physical dispersion … but offsetting that, off-site working can be convenient, productive and popular, and there are business continuity advantages too.
Implementing appropriate security controls makes off-site working viable, on the whole, with security awareness being an essential control. A globe-trotting ICT-enabled
workforce that lacks appreciation of its compliance and other information security obligations is an incident waiting to happen - an incident in progress in fact.
‘The workplace’ is a complex and dynamic concept, more than merely a physical location where work is performed.
Both ‘work’ and ‘workplace’
are evolving. Whereas most of an organization’s information might once have been created, housed and used by workers based in conventional offices, today’s increasingly mobile workers
are using portable wireless-networked ICT equipment to create, use and communicate information wherever they happen to be at the time.
Although some kinds of work necessarily remain bound to particular physical locations by the production machinery and resources, the workers themselves are gradually being set
free by automation. The nature of work is changing too. This decade has seen the rapid ascendance of tech-enabled social networking, crossing organizational boundaries and
further blurring the distinction between our work and private/home lives. Striking the right balance is key.
This month’s module:
Explains the information risk arising from working off-site;
Expands on the associated information security controls of all kinds – cybersecurity plus physical security, administrative controls, compliance
controls and more;
Motivates people to take more care over information entrusted to them when working off-site
Consider your learning objectives in relation to this topic. It’s another good topic for socializing security among the workforce because it is relevant to
and affects practically everyone.
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materials in the company newsletters and magazines, your intranet Security Zone, in awareness events and training courses, and for new employee induction or orientation purposes.
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