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.
- 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
- 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