More and more government workers are teleworking, using Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) for official work and connecting them through personal networks. Cybersecurity is a crucial priority for these users to ensure their data and networks remain secure and uncompromised. This includes being able to identify indicators of a network compromise and pursue potential mitigations. This knowledge aids users in safeguarding their personal networks and data.
Personal networks are those used in homes for personal use or telework, such as a home network provided by a residential Internet Service Provider (ISP). These networks usually consist of a router or wireless access points connecting devices to the Internet. They may have computers, mobile devices, gaming systems, or a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to them. When setting up these personal networks, implementing proper security from the beginning is crucial. While there is no way to ensure that personal networks will be completely secured from attacks— attackers are persistent and continue to find ways to circumvent security controls—users can still take steps to help prevent future attacks.