4.5 Working place at home - (Telecommuting)


If professional tasks are performed at home instead of a company or institute, appropriate measures must be taken to achieve a degree of security comparable with that prevailing on office premises. A home environment does not normally provide the security infrastructure present on the premises of a company or institute. Visitors and family members often have access to a home workstation. This chapter describes the threats and safeguards pertaining typically to home workstations. Such a workstation can be used, for example, by regular employees for the purpose of telecommuting, as well as by freelancers and self-employed people.

Threat Scenario

The following typical threats are assumed as regards IT baseline protection of a working place at home:

Force Majeure:

Organisational Shortcomings:

Human Failure:

Deliberate Acts:

Recommended Countermeasures (S)

For the implementation of IT baseline protection, selection of the required packages of safeguards ("modules") as described in chapters 2.3 and 2.4, is recommended.
The safeguard package for "Workstations at Home" is specified in the following.




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