How to Spin Up a Robust BYOD Security Strategy for your Growing Remote Workforce — Hysolate

Finding the best BYOPC solution for a remote workforce

“Microsoft isn’t alone in allowing employees to permanently work remotely. Facebook is shifting tens of thousands of jobs to remote work, and up to half of employees could work remotely within five to 10 years” -The Verge, “Microsoft is letting more employees work from home permanently”.

Where traditional BYOPC programs are falling short

Most of the existing BYOPC solutions have significant security, user experience or cost challenges associated with them.

Allowing corporate access from a BYOPC using VPN

When accessing the corporate network from unmanaged devices using VPN connections, security risks increase because the device itself could already be infected. The solution to this exposure has often been to deploy endpoint security products on these non-corporate devices. However, by doing so the enterprise is effectively monitoring all activities on the users’ non-corporate device which also includes their personal activities and information which creates a significant liability for the enterprise. Another challenge that VPN connections create is the fact that by being connected to the corporate network the users are often being restricted to browse certain websites which are disallowed due to corporate restrictions. This means that the user cannot use their own device for personal use while connected to the VPN. In some cases enterprises will use split tunneling to allow the user to simultaneously connect both to the corporate network and directly to other non corporate destinations. However this results in connecting the corporate network with the internet with no security measures in place.

Allowing corporate access via a VDI or DaaS solution

A very common solution for allowing corporate access is using a Virtual Desktop or Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution. With both these solutions, the user can access a virtual desktop that resides in a datacenter or a public cloud. There are several challenges that these solutions pose to both end users, IT organizations and security teams. Due to the fact that end users are remotely accessing a computer over the network, they are subjected to a very subpar user experience: They have no access to their remote virtual desktop when they are offline, when on a slow or choppy internet connection the rendering of their desktop can be interrupted leading to a “non-realtime” user experience. Furthermore, they are often unable to use peripheral devices such as USB devices or printers that are connected to the device from which they are accessing the virtual desktop.

Hysolate — A new way to enable robust BYOD/BYOPC program

As the first Workspace-as-a-Service solution, Hysolate enables companies to securely implement a BYOPC workforce model, while saving costs on hardware, licensing and adoption. We enable organizations to instantly create, and deploy a local virtual environment on user endpoints and manage them from the cloud. This virtual environment is clean of malware and completely isolated from the rest of the device, leveraging unmanaged personal devices without increasing security risks.

Start your 14-day free trial and read more to learn how Hysolate can support your BYOPC strategy and strengthen your security posture fast.

About the Author

Marc is CEO of Hysolate, and has enjoyed a long and successful entrepreneurial and Cyber security career. Prior to joining Hysolate, Marc was the Chief Business Officer at Nexar, where he led sales, marketing, biz-dev, customer success and field operations. In 2009, Gaffan co-founded Incapsula and after its acquisition by Imperva, led the Incapsula business as CEO to $100 million in run rate, protecting millions of websites worldwide and many of the world’s largest enterprises and Telcos. Marc is a thought leader and has appeared before the US Congress, FDIC and Federal Trade Commission on cyber security and identity theft topics. He holds an MBA and a B.Sc in Computer Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

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