Drafting Social Computing Guidelines

I was working on social computing guidelines. I have several examples from IBM, Intel, and others. Its interesting but not surprising that they take a company-centric approach.

Equally important is for employees not to use their company resources for personal business. Maybe it falls under a privacy policy I have yet to find, but there should be wording that protects employees when using corporate resources.

My team and I are building a remote access infrastructure that proves as useful for work as for personal time. Here’s the thinking:

If we build an infrastructure for work only it will assume employer-owned equipment. However, if we build an infrastructure for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) then we can accommodate both personal and professional on the same device. Such a binary system demands either modifying every device to allow both personal and professional or build a corporate infrastructure to accommodate both.

Why try to accommodate both?

In many corporate environments its increasingly hard to keep new technologies at bay. I like IT staying ahead of the curve, implementing technologies and configurations that account for the broadest audience.

How does that work?

If you’re company has a BYOD program or one that has personal devices, build an infrastructure that encourages connecting to the corporate infrastructure.

Pro Business:

  • Having as many devices that might connect into your network connect through that network as often as possible helps mitigate the risk of malware introduction.
  • As such, malware and antivirus and software versions can be enforced on the devices
  • It encourages users to use the security measures, making them more likely to use them in a work environment

Pro User:

  • Wherever you log in and via whatever device (within IT’s capabilities) your communications will have the benefit of enterprise-level encryption and security
  • If IT implements optimization/acceleration, making use of that over the VPN client
  • Access to work resources when needed