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Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network

National Security Agency | Cybersecurity Information Sheet

You’ve heard of the FBI and CIA. How about the NSA? The National Security Agency (often referred to as No Such Agency) is a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense, under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The NSA is responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign and domestic intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, specializing in a discipline known as signals intelligence (SIGINT).  It’s existence was officially revealed until 1975.

No one knows more about cybersecurity than the NSA.  Here, they share some of their secrets.

Executive Summary

Don’t be a victim! Malicious cyber actors may leverage your home network to gain access to personal, private, and confidential information. Help protect yourself, your family, and your work by practicing cybersecurity-aware behaviors, observing some basic configuration guidelines, and implementing the following mitigations on your home network, including:

  • Upgrade and update all equipment and software regularly, including routing devices
  • Exercise secure habits by backing up your data and disconnecting devices when
    connections are not needed
  • Limit administration to the internal network only

Recommendations for Device Security

Electronic computing devices, including computers, laptops, printers, mobile phones, tablets, security cameras, home appliances, cars, and other “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices must all be secured to reduce the risk of compromise. Most home entertainment and utility devices, such as home monitoring systems, baby monitors, IoT devices, smart devices, Blu-ray™ players, streaming video players, and video game consoles, are capable of accessing the Internet, recording audio, and/or capturing video. Implementing security measures can ensure these devices don’t become the weak link in your home protection.

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