3 tips to enhancing remote access security and mobility

MENDY NEWMAN on August 04, 2014 | 1464

Many of today's businesses are investing in the latest technological trends, such as desktop virtualization, to take advantage of the various benefits they offer. From increasing productivity and security to reducing IT costs, such trends can provide advantages to running a business that enhance more than just workflow. And, one of these key advantages is mobility.

By increasing mobility in the workplace and introducing smartphones and tablets, a business can increase job satisfaction among employees and workflow efficiency, while streamlining customer support as well. However, there are various factors that should be considered when adopting a mobility policy. Addressing the following areas will help organizations implement mobility successfully:

Mobile Devices & Access Security

Many businesses seek to control the types of end-user devices employees can use for work. While this can be managed with company-provided phones and tablets, more and more businesses are instead implementing BYOD solutions to meet user demand. While there are inherent challenges to implementing bring your own device (BYOD) such as supporting multiple device types and protecting company assets, many of these can be mitigated by taking advantage of HTML5 and virtualization, i.e.,HTML5 RDP clientand VDI (desktop virtualization),. Used jointly, these technologies enable users to remotely access company applications and data hosted on organizational servers without creating a security risk because nothing is stored directly on their devices. And by using an additional security component, a SSL secure gateway, companies can authenticate users, wherever they are, before they connect to internal resources.

Keep employees informed

One of the most important things a business needs for secure access is to ensure that employees are informed of the risks. Without proper instruction, employees could be the biggest vulnerability a company has to contend with, with lost devices, insecure passwords and more. However, remote,clientless accesscan mitigate these risks even further, establishing a barrier between authorized and unauthorized users while ensuring that the performance and speed of employee access isn’t negatively affected.

Enable access from all devices, simply and cost-effectively

When it comes to remote access and desktop virtualization solutions, smartphones and tablets are not the only devices that employees utilize. It is important for any company looking to implement mobility to consider laptop and personal desktop solutions that employees may use as well. Just because an employee works remotely doesn’t mean they are using a mobile device. By using a browser-based HTML5 client that doesn’t involve having to install anything on the employee's user device, a business can ensure that employee access to hosted data and applications is fast, easy and secure, regardless of the device they are using, as well as “pain-free” to the IT teams supporting the business.

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Mendy Newman

Mendy is the Head of Solution Management at Ericom for all its products. Mendy's team focuses on delivering implementation and architecture solutions to our customers worldwide. | Ericom Software

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