People love their personal mobile devices, amirite? So much so that they would use their own mobile device for work rather than a corporate-owned workstation, even when it means that their own device will be monitored by the company. Don't believe me? Here are some interesting facts & figures:
- 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018 – Gartner
- 51% connect to unsecured wireless networks with their smartphone. – Cisco
- 49% of U.S. IT managers “Strongly Agree that BYOD Improves Worker Productivity”. – readwrite and Intel
- 38 percent of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016.—Gartner
- 53% of information users use their own personal devices for work; install unsupported software; or use unsupported Internet based services like Dropbox, Skype, Twitter, or Facebook to help them do their jobs.—Forrester
Unfortunately there are some other numbers that are working against you if you're looking at supporting a BYOD environment anytime soon. A 2014 State of Security Survey found that,
- 65% of companies allow end users BYOD access to company data
- 53% of businesses are unprepared to manage BYOD
- 10% of companies have had their BYOD devices hacked
- 40% of companies do not know if their BYOD devices had been hacked
In other words, there are a lot of companies out there that allow BYOD access even though they do not have clearly articulated positions on BYOD. Which means there are also a lot of admins working to enable secure access for BYOD users.
If you are one of these admins, we've got a product for you. Although we can't help you roll out a management or HR policy on BYOD, we can help you meet end-user expectations and still maintain a secure network. Take a look at the enhanced mobile support in the latest release of the Barracuda SSL VPN:
The mobile portal is designed to be simple and responsive, so you get great app-like performance without installing anything on the phone. In addition, the device configuration feature of the Barracuda SSL VPN allows easy configuration of iPhones, iPads and Macs devices for exchange, mail, LDAP, Webclips, Client Certificates, IPsec, and PPTP. Windows devices can also be configured for access. We have more on easy device configuration in this blog post.
And because we're talking about the Barracuda SSL VPN, you know you are also getting these features in addition to mobile support:
- Granular Resource Management
- Multi-Factor Authentication
- Network Access Control
- Barracuda Network Connector
- Hardware Token Authentication
- Single Sign-On
- Reporting and Auditing
- Clientless Remote Access
- Web Portal
- Multiple User Realms
- SSL Tunnelling
- Virtual Keyboard
- Automatic Cache Cleaning
- Access Resources in Other Networks
We offer a 30-day risk-free evaluation of the Barracuda SSL VPN. This is great for those of you who would like to try this out in your own network before making a decision on a purchase. Head over to this page to request an eval unit. We also have this deployment guide to help you get your 30-day demo up and running.
If you'd like more information on the Barracuda SSL VPN, visit these resources:
- Barracuda SSL VPN product page
- Barracuda SSL VPN 30 day free evaluation
- Technical documentation
- Live demo (User: guest PWD: guest)
- Product blogs
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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