[dropcap] T [/dropcap]his is a topic that I get asked about quite frequently. Bring your own device or BYOD, is something that is gaining quite a bit of attention.
BYOD allows your end users to bring whatever device to work to access network resources. This can be a cost saving method if you want to get out of supporting the traditional desktop. It can also be an avenue to allow remote works or traveling users to bring their device of choice to work.
While this all sounds cool and neat, the number one thing you need to consider is connectivity. How are you going to connect those devices to your network? Are you going to over wired and wireless connections? If you are offering wireless connections, you need to evaluate your wireless environment. Tablets and smartphones have a radio that is not as strong as a notebook because of battery requirements. You might need to deploy more access points.
You also need to consider security. You do not want to put those devices on the same network as your existing devices. They may contain viruses or other undesirable content. I would suggest creating a separate network for these devices and use a firewall to allow access to only the internal resources they need.
Finally, what applications are you going to deliver and how are you going to deliver them? Are you going to put in some sort of VDI environment to allow or access to a desktop environment? Are you going to create applications or apps for your end users?
These are a few of many items to consider. If you need help with BYOD, feel free to give me a call.
I have had another round of spyware and malware outbreaks again. In the January Newsletter, I recommended blocking Adware. This month, I have another recommendation. I would recommend blocking unknown or uncategorized websites. These are websites the URL filtering companies have not defined yet. You will have a little bit of work identifying some URL’s that may not be catorgized. But the people putting out spyware are putting up websites and taking them down very quickly. This is just another way to help protect your network.
New Gadget of the Month
I had a client have a need to connect a 4G wireless card and share it among multiple people and we needed the output to be Ethernet. I found a great device called a cradlepoint that works very. Cradelpoint makes devices that can share 4G connections. It is basically a firewall/router for 4G. You can plug users or even a firewall that would VPN back to your main location. If you are looking for a device to create a quick and easy remote network with the need for wireless or VPN, the cradlepoint will work very well. It can be found here http://www.cradlepoint.com/.
Palo Alto Lunch and Learn at Maggiano’s Little Italy
(2500 North Mayfair Road Wauwatosa, WI 53226)
TBJ consulting along with Palo Alto will host an event discussing how to secure your Datacenter with Palo Alto firewalls. Find out what companies are doing to secure the datacenter from threats and attacks. Also how to help protect your datacenter from the bring your own device movement. Please sign up at TBJtechEvents.com
Vendor Highlight of the Month, Fortinet
I have been working with Fortinet for over 7 years and they make some very nice affordable firewall and VPN devices. They include web filtering, virus protection, spyware protection and numerous additional features.
They also recently started adding wireless capabilities to their product line. It becomes a very good wireless controller and wireless device. If you have a need for wireless, Fortinet makes a very affordable product. If you are looking for a wireless or great firewall solution, look no further than Fortinet.
Final Thought of the Month. Work Life Balance and Technology
Technology and easy Internet access can be both a blessing and a curse, giving us remote access to email, smartphones, Skype and other tools.
In theory at least, this gives us the ability to be able to work from home and achieve a better work/life balance, and yet in some cases all it has actually done is increase the number of hours that we spend working.
One way to win back some work/life balance is to negotiate the time spent working from home.
Not only does working from home save a lot of time you would otherwise spend commuting back and forth to work, it also means you save money on both transportation and food, and it gives you more time to develop an exercise routine.
There can be problems with working from home, however, such as lack of discipline and motivation as well as overwork.
The solution is to make certain that your work stays within the time period of a normal working day and does not add further hours to that workload.
Some time-management techniques include creating to-do lists, managing your expectations, prioritizing your workload, learning to delegate, and making sure that you have regular meetings and catch-up sessions with colleagues.
It is also important to set boundaries with colleagues to respect your personal time. Set an expectation that you’re “not available” during non-work hours. Switching off your cell phone and not checking emails during non-working hours is also a good idea.