Good news…the US National Security Agency (NSA) released a guideline on how to properly secure wireless devices against potential attacks targeting them when traveling or working remotely.
While NSA’s recommendations were created to help National Security System (NSS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) teleworkers, they pretty much work for all remote workers.
Check out the the info sheet published by the NSA that can help identify potential threats and vulnerable public connections, as well as minimize risks and better secure wireless devices and data.
A few highlights…
“Cyber actors can compromise devices over Bluetooth, public Wi-Fi, and Near-Field Communications (NFC), a short-range wireless technology. This puts personal and organizational data, credentials, and devices at risk,” the NSA states.
“If users must connect to public Wi-Fi, they should take necessary precautions, such as using a personal or corporate-provided virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt the traffic.”
Try to stay away from public hotspots and disable unused wireless radios
Hijacked wireless devices, including laptops, tablets, mobile, and wearable accessories, can lead to the compromise of personal and corporate data, such as credentials and sensitive documents.
To avoid getting hacked, the NSA suggests avoiding public Wi-Fi networks as they expose traffic data to theft or manipulation, disabling Bluetooth and NFC radios while in public and not in use to avoid exposing info that can be used to hack the device.
“Users should consider additional security measures, including limiting/disabling device location features, using strong device passwords, and only using trusted device accessories, such as original charging cords,” the NSA added.
“Before conducting business remotely or in public settings users should obtain explicit authorization from their organization to do so.”
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