The ISO27000 Newsletter - News & Views on the ISO/IEC Security Standard

ISO17799 News - Issue 2

Welcome to the second edition of The ISO27000 Newsletter, designed to keep you abreast of news and developments with respect to 17799 and related information security issues. The newsletter comprises a combination of inclusive articles and the identification of useful and topical sources on the web.

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Whilst everyone is aware of the importance of good information security measures in the office, these are often overlooked when an employee works from home, whether on a permanent or occasional basis. Dangers range from inadequate virus protection on a laptop or home computer, to the risk of confidential data being exposed to unauthorized users, or even a breach of the company's computer network if accessed remotely.

To counter these risks, there are a number of security measures which should be taken when working from home or off-site. For example:

  • Treat company property and/or data as you would in the office, according to company information security procedures
  • Ensure that laptops are kept secure at all times, and protect access with a strong authentication mechanism
  • Do not use the same computer for both business and personal use; or, where this is not possible, store company data on a separate disk with secure access and protection
  • Specifically protect all sensitive business documents stored on laptops or home computers
  • Valid licenses must be obtained for any software used at home to avoid a breach of Software Licensing laws
  • Ensure that adequate virus protection software is installed on any computers used at home
  • When connecting remotely to an office network, consider the use of a dial-back facility for added security, and always investigate the reason for failed access (your username may already be in use by an unauthorized person)
  • Do not allow a laptop issued for business purposes to be used by family or friends

This guidance is brought to you courtesy of the RUSecure Security Manual




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