If you telework on a regular basis, you should have a Telework Agreement in place with Human Resources.
Know the classification of the data you work with and follow all data handling procedures. If you are unsure of the type of data you work with, consult your manager.
Teleworkers working with High Risk data are required to submit University forms as applicable:
- Information Security Requirements for Teleworkers
- Requirements for Teleworkers Using PHI (Protected Health Information)
Taking basic steps to secure your home network will help protect your devices – and your information – from compromise while working from home.
1. Update all your Internet-enabled devices with the latest operating systems, web browsers, and security software. Security software includes antivirus or anti-malware software. Check your devices for updates regularly and install promptly.
2. Secure your wireless router. The default settings on your wireless router, such as a generic password, can be compromised. Here are the ways to secure a wireless router (if necessary, refer to the detailed instructions that accompany your router):
• Change the name of your wireless network. Change the default name of your network to a name that is unique to you and does not reveal information about the model or manufacturer.
• Change the preset password for your router. Leaving a default password unchanged makes it much easier for unauthorized people to access your network. Choose a strong password and don’t share it with anyone outside of your household.
• Encrypt WiFi traffic. When choosing your router’s level of security, opt for Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) if available, or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). These levels are more secure than the Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) option.
• Disable remote administration. It is unlikely you will need to access your router settings from a remote location or network.
• Position the router securely and limit the range of access. Do not place your router in a location where anyone can plug in a network cable to gain access. Try to position it where the wireless signal only reaches the locations where you want access.
• Use a firewall. A firewall is a network security system that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing traffic and establishes a barrier between your internal network and the outside Internet. Your device likely comes with a pre-installed firewall, so make sure it’s turned on.
Additional Telework Tips
When accessing GU Resources, be sure to use the SafeConnect, GU’s Virtual Private Network (VPN).