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Homes have been transformed into offices with millions of Americans working from home, people across the nation including the state and local government employees.
FREMONT, CA: Remote work has been integrated into the operations of both private and public sector agencies. Teleworking is on the verge of becoming the new normal henceforth. Many organizations are offering work from home for the rest of the year or even permanently if the employees choose so. The local or state government can also replicate the work culture of teleworking just like the private sector, but not without paying heed to the security factors. The mass migration to telework underwent specific changes—the first phase was heavily focused on network connectivity, increased VPN support, etc. The second phase will be marked by the enterprise requirements of extending enterprise security capabilities to these employees. Telework, however, comes with increased security risks, including malware, ransomware, phishing attacks, and more.
Public-sector organizations must strengthen their security posture and look to modern security architectures founded on zero-trust and real-time visibility, given that more devices are connecting to their networks remotely. Hardware-based security that is designed into the platform and that does not depend on detection to provide protection, should be adopted by the state and the local government to meet the security needs in this era of teleworking. Enterprises can defend their remote endpoints, even when not connected to their enterprise infrastructure, by the application of virtualization-based security. Along with automated firmware intrusion detection and repair systems and built-in hardware security systems, the state and local governments can apply virtual container solutions.
As more employees work from home, government agencies also contend with home wireless networks that aren't as secure as office networks. Network security is always an issue, along with device and employee behavior. Employees might be using personal devices, such as laptops and mobile phones, to remotely access systems and work information. They might also download unauthorized applications, fail to change passwords regularly, or even end up sharing their passwords with others. Government agencies must seek security providers that offer software as well as hardware-based capabilities like an integrated privacy screen that prevents users from having to implement additional tools to secure sensitive data.