With today’s mobile and remote workforce, the focus is on employee productivity rather than location. Work is being done anytime and anywhere—at home, in the coffee shop, on a train. Giving workers the freedom to do their work outside the office and without fixed hours is a growing trend.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is another trend that’s becoming the workplace norm. Your employees probably aren’t just using equipment chosen by the IT department. Instead, they’re using the laptops, tablets, and smartphones of their choice. And there are a lot of choices, including Windows PCs, MacBook laptops, iPhones, Androids, and more. Remote working and BYOD benefit both your business and your employees: They get work-life balance and you get increased productivity and reduced expenses.
Using Corporate Resources On The Go
Mobile working brings advantages to your business, but it also brings challenges. Security is a primary concern. Controlling access to corporate resources for your mobile workforce is essential, especially when they’re using free Wi-Fi hotspots at the airport and other locations. Protect your business by giving mobile employees a quick, flexible, reliable and completely secure way to connect to internal enterprise applications, information and network resources. But make it easy. Your employees shouldn’t have to be IT experts to establish a secure connection. Use a simple and user-friendly interface to have them enter their credentials and quickly connect.
BYOD also provides challenges for the IT department. Supporting a wide variety of devices and operating systems is at the top of the list. Plus, work use of private devices limits the involvement of IT; your employees control software and app installation, as well as who’s actually using the device. If your business has or adopts a BYOD policy, it must ensure that devices connecting to the network to access sensitive information are protected from malware. With the right networking infrastructure in place, security concerns about BYOD can be mitigated the same way they are for company-issued devices.
Secure Remote Access with Barracuda CloudGen Firewalls
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for providing secure remote access to corporate information. But your business can (and must) provide mobile and remote employees with secure connectivity that is optimized for your specific work environment. With Barracuda CloudGen Firewalls, you have multiple options for providing that secure network access for your employees, without time-consuming client configuration and management. Every Barracuda CloudGen Firewall supports an unlimited number of VPN clients for no extra costs.
The CloudGen Firewall for Mobile and Remote Workers
Securely leverage the benefits of working remotely and BYOD with Barracuda’s remote access solutions. Mitigate the risks of unauthorized access and data loss with the comprehensive security features of Barracuda CloudGen Firewalls for mobile and remote access. Manage security policies in one place for all types of remote access, including CudaLaunch, SSL VPN, Barracuda Network Access Client, and standard IPsec. Barracuda’s remote access solutions are easy to manage, easy to use, and help reduce IT costs.