Working from home is great when you can do it. Personally I find I get much more work done when at home than when in the office mainly because I aware that people assume you are skiving off.
Of coruse, having remote access to work is usually done through a VPN for added security, although if your computer is already compromised, using a VPN can be complete pointless.
As such you really have to restrict the number of people you give remote access to for added security. I say this because I was surprised to learn just how many people have remote access to the Government Secure Intranet (GSI) across Whitehall.
At DEFRA there are 2000 people accessing the GSI from their homes, in the Ministry of Justice it is 4000 (although they say the laptops are "encrypted" but they give no detail on what that actually means.
The Department for internetaional Development has 1788 people accessing the GSI from remote locations. Are they doing this abroad I wonder and what is the potential for intercept of senstive communications I wonder?
The Treasury has 564 people accessing the network remotely, whilst Cultrue, Media and Sports has 125. If the numbers are like this in just a few department I wonder how many potential leakage and access points there are, in total, to the Government's "Secure" Intranet?
Source: Hansard, multiple days last week