Public Employees’ Use of Personal Phones, Tablets Puts Local Governments at Risk

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Route Fifty on 2/24/2021 by Andrea Noble

A cybersecurity report found that 25% of state and local government employees use personal digital devices to telework while only 9% of federal employees do so.

Nearly a quarter of state and local government employees use personal phones and tablets for work, putting them at higher risk for phishing attacks and other cyber intrusions, according to a new cybersecurity report.

Local governments have battled an onslaught of ransomware attacks and cybersecurity threats in recent years, including this month’s breach of a water treatment plant in Florida. But as government employees shifted to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the report from mobile security firm Lookout highlights one way that telework can put agencies at greater risk.