BYOD No Longer an Option for Remote Working

The trend towards remote working has been growing steadily over the years. However, what happens when businesses are faced with a situation or a crisis where they require most, if not all, of their workers to work remotely?

This is precisely the scenario many businesses are facing globally right now following the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to ensure social distancing to flatten the infection curve, governments have regulated various degrees of lockdowns and restrictions on movement. As a result, businesses have little choice but to run remotely off-premises until the pandemic eases.

The problem with this is, not all businesses are prepared to handle such a scenario. While quite a number have executed their business continuity plans to ensure that production and daily tasks continue, many were also caught off guard.

For these companies, it’s unreasonable for them to expect all their employees to carry their on-prem desktops home. Therefore, businesses have had to implement a large-scale BYOD deployment to enable remote working for their workforce.

However, this brings a few challenges. Controlling access to sensitive information is essential, especially when the remote workforce is using non-secure connections like Wi-Fi hotspots at their shared accommodation and such.

The IT department has to ensure employees’ devices are supported and can work with their systems. IT also needs to have visibility over who has access to which applications, using which devices. If your business has adopted a BYOD policy, it’s vital that devices connecting to the corporate network to access sensitive information have not been compromised and are protected from malware. With the right networking infrastructure in place, security concerns around BYOD can be mitigated the same way they are for company-issued devices.

At the heart of it, employees need mobile and remote access to your network (whether hosted in the cloud or on-premises), and you need a secure way to provide it.

Barracuda Networks allows businesses to reduce the risks associated with BYOD by controlling network access, protecting sensitive data, and blocking unwanted applications. All this can be achieved with CudaLaunch, Barracuda’s application that provides mobile workers secure remote access to their organisation’s private cloud applications and other sensitive information.

CudaLaunch is fully integrated with the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall’s powerful, unrivalled central management and security tools, and it works on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices.

To find out more, join our webinar where Barracuda’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, Michael Goldgof, will be speaking about CudaLaunch as well as tools you can use to manage and monitor your employees and also how you can add more protection to your organisation. The webinar will take place on the 21st of April 2020.

Register here to join the webinar.

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