Civil servants working from home need protection from eavesdropping spies
The document says likely solutions may include “rapidly deployable structures” to contain sound and thus stop eavesdropping attempts.
Proposed alternative solutions detailed in the prospectus include broadcasting under-ear sounds around workers to disrupt technology that tries to hear them from great distances.
It is understood that active case officers and specialists working within intelligence services are not routinely allowed to work from home, with most intelligence officers continuing to work from offices even at the height of the pandemic .
Intelligence services are wary of security vulnerabilities associated with the use of remote networks and this has prevented most from working from home.
However, officials who may have access to secret or sensitive information continue to work from home frequently.
Boris Johnson demanded civil servants return to their offices and said working from home was not working, insisting staff are ‘more productive, more energetic, more full of ideas’ when surrounded by colleagues.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Cabinet Minister for Civil Service Efficiency, tried to force mandarins back to work, even leaving notes on empty chairs demanding that civil servants return to work.
He told the Telegraph he was concerned civil servants were effectively working three days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. He accused civil servants of working from home on Mondays and Fridays because they ‘think the working week is shorter than it really is’.
Fears that working from home will leave the government open to cyberattacks and eavesdropping will bolster Mr Rees-Moggs’ demand for civil servants to return to the office.