California Issues Telework Policy to Curb Cyber-Security Risks – Government Technology

To bolster security and create consistency in California’s IT infrastructure, the Office of the State Chief Information Officer (OCIO) issued a new policy Tuesday, March 2, that includes telework and remote access security standards as well as a compliance form that state agencies must submit by July 1.

The policy letter aims to help state agencies develop robust and secure telework and remote access arrangements for state employees, while minimizing cyber-security risks. The standard highlights several measures that IT agencies must adopt to certify telework programs, including the use of up-to-date operating system software and security software (anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and host intrusion prevention) for every remote connection.