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

Marc Gaffan, CEO, Hysolate

Before the pandemic, the trend of remote work had been slowly increasing. Most companies assumed employees would be working from the office most of the time. Similarly, some companies allowed employees limited remote access to the corporate systems from their personal devices (BYODs).

Following the COVID-19 outbreak though — offices around the globe were forced to shut down and send employees home, leading to a major challenge in enabling business-as-usual remotely and particularly in budgeting, acquiring and provisioning enough corporate devices to support so many remote employees. This led to a sudden spike in the need for employees and contractors to use their own personal computers as a solution to this problem. As a result, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), or more accurately, Bring Your Own Personal Computer (BYOPC) which better matches the remote workforce movement, has since been more broadly adopted as a means to enable remote corporate access across the globe.

The workplace setup changed overnight, and thus, so did the risk landscape — most likely for the long run. The BYOPC model poses unique challenges for security standards, network access management, data security and the privacy of your employees. In fact, 70% of breaches start with an endpoint and so it isn’t surprising that the rise in implementation of BYOPC models, mostly used from home networks, has increased threats even further.

Finding the best BYOPC solution for a remote workforce

Microsoft and Facebook aren’t the only ones.

Gartner predicts that emerging BYOPC solutions are expected to continue to grow in popularity and expand in capabilities over the next five years. And as noted in a Channel Research article, “… BYOPC is on the rise. As a result, businesses need to address a remote workforce in numbers they never before considered. And post-pandemic, the remote workforce/hybrid workplace will be a reality.”

And due to this sudden adoption of BYOPC, the risk landscape has changed at lightning speed — most likely permanently. In fact, according to a report from Upwork, “63% of employers have remote workers”. According to a recent survey from AT&T, “one in three (35%) employees are using devices for both work and personal uses, one in four (24%) are sharing or storing sensitive information in unsanctioned cloud applications, and almost one in five (18%) are sharing their work device with another family member.”

These numbers illustrate both the increase in the size of the remote workforce as well as the increase of the related dangers. With such a speedy trend in-play, enterprises need to enable employees and contractors corporate access from non-corporate-owned devices to the enterprise network by offering robust secure system access and corporate data protection with minimal impact on user experience and privacy. And they need to be able to do this for the long run as the number of employees and contractors working from home grows.

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Where traditional BYOPC programs are falling short

Allowing corporate access from a BYOPC using VPN

Allowing corporate access via a VDI or DaaS solution

From an IT perspective, these solutions are very costly as organizations need to purchase dedicated software to deploy and manage their virtual desktops, they need to provision the desktops with dedicated operating systems and they need to pay for all the compute costs associated with running the virtual desktops in their data center or cloud.
From a security perspective, while virtual desktops are considered quite secure due to the fact that the actual workload is remote, the users are still susceptible to credential and data theft via keylogging and screen capturing that can be performed from the host device from which they are accessing the virtual desktops.

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

VPN, Zero Trust or any other form of access from the Hysolate Workspace to the corporate network can be performed with corporate endpoint security measures installed and enforced; corporate data is contained on the device in the isolated Hysolate Workspace environment and cannot be exfiltrated. Additionally, if the user’s device is infected at any time, thanks to the isolation, that infection won’t affect the corporate workspace, and IT can also choose to easily perform remote data wiping for additional assurance that data is secure.

Thanks to the completely isolated workspace, this also means you don’t need to worry about privacy protection liabilities. Users can enjoy a fast and native-like experience when accessing corporate systems from within their Hysolate Workspace on their own devices while also having access to their personal applications on their personal device. Just as corporate work and data are completely isolated and kept safe through the Hysolate workspace, so is the employees’ personal data kept private, since it resides directly on the device operating system and separate from the workspace. Users can browse freely, without worrying about big brother. Context switching is smooth and simple and virtually transparent to users.

With Hysolate, security teams can effectively cope with the many risks associated with remote work and provide their employees with an ideal user and remote working experience. Security and IT teams are relieved of the burden of managing so much hardware and operating systems, and they no longer need to worry whether employees will abide by policies because provisioning and adoption are easy. Costs are significantly cut: no need for advanced knowledge even for the IT staff, no need for special user training, no need for IT maintenance, and no need for individual operating system licensing. Hysolate provides you with a BYOPC security solution that saves costs and supports productivity.

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Originally published at on September 23, 2020.

Hysolate is a software platform that enables locally deploying and remotely managing virtual, secured, environments on a single endpoint.