Cybersecurity Awareness: Home and Family

Monday, October 27, 2014

What is it?

Home and family awareness addresses cybersecurity issues that are unique to the home environment. Remote access and the increasing demand for use of personal mobile devices to access Army systems and information create significant cybersecurity challenges. The safety and security of home/personal systems that access Army networks require the same robust cybersecurity practices as Army information systems, to ensure that the network and data remain protected.

Why is this important to the Army?

Recent industry research has shown that computers not running proper security software are compromised, on average, within 10 minutes of connecting to the Internet. Compromised home and family systems can impact the Army. The Army mission depends on how safely we access and use systems and information everywhere; each violation is dangerous, costly, and can endanger our warfighters.

What has the Army done?

The Army recognizes the necessity of remote accessibility for Soldiers and civilians to access information and data anywhere and anytime. The Army has developed policies that allow Soldiers and civilians to access Army information from home or a remote location while maintaining the required level of cybersecurity.

To assist with meeting the policy requirements for home and remote use, the Army provides resources to raise awareness among users and improve cybersecurity. Resources available to Soldiers and civilians include:

What does the Army have planned for the future?

As technology advances, the Army will continue to review and update policies, providing a more secure environment for Soldiers and civilians working from remote locations. For further information including best practices for home cybersecurity, read "Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure"

Resources:

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- Lt. Gen. Gustave Perna, assistant chief of staff of the Army, G-4, talking with stakeholders during the Stakeholders' Meeting at the Base Camp Integration Lab at Fort Devens, Massachusetts on Oct. 22, 2014

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