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Secure Remote Access Is Key to BYOD

You need to provide safe network access before allowing employees to bring their own devices to work

Almost every small company is experiencing the phenomenon referred to as “the consumerization of IT.” If you were the first in your office to log into your company’s network with your smartphone, you may even have been leading the charge. As more and more employees follow the “bring your own devices” trend (BYOD, for short) to work, you need to figure out how to give them remote access to the company network while keeping corporate data and personal information separate and secure.

In general, the BYOD movement is good for employers, even though people are using devices that aren’t necessarily provided by the company. Employers want to find ways to accommodate their employees’ desire to access their work email and other applications whenever and from whatever device they’re using, such as tablets and smartphones. That usually means that employers need to make some changes to the access policies. As an employer, you need to have network access policies with visibility and  control over every device and application; and the user has to follow some rules to protect critical company data when accessing the network remotely.

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7 Tips for Staying Connected When Working Remotely

Use these techniques for securely accessing company data—while staying productive

Few small businesses are fully contained in one office. Chances are good that some of your employees—maybe even you—travel for business or work from a remote location. These days, no one can afford to be completely cut off from email, client databases, and other business-critical information shared on the local network. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to stay securely connected to colleagues, clients, and prospects —just follow these seven tips.

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