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
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By Paul

I’m a Detroit expat recently returned from Tokyo living in Chattanooga. I’m a consulting security professional and father of two. I promise that my views and politics are mine; not yours or my employer’s or anyone’s. I follow no party or affiliation or anything. My things are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license unless otherwise stated.

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