Teleworkers

The Challenge with Teleworkers

Today, most enterprises offer employees some form of flexible work schedules —including either full or part-time work-from-home arrangements.  For Federal employees, the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 requires each Federal agency to establish a policy under which eligible employees can telework and mandates that each agency determine the eligibility for all of its employees to participate in telework. But how do you do it? There is no budget to buy new PCs for teleworkers and as a result these workers are using their own computers as the primary tool for their work and network access. How can your help desk cope with hundreds or thousands of home computers with varying versions of operating systems and varying patch levels, running all of the different applications your employees and their families have installed, including very real threat of malware and viruses?

How SPYRUS Helps

SPYRUS Windows To Go (“SWTG”) devices provide an outstanding solution for the challenges involved with supporting teleworkers operating from home based, strongly heterogeneous computing environments. The full spectrum of features provided by the SPYRUS family of Windows To Go devices assure a secure, managed endpoint that is an extension of the corporations IT infrastructure.  For highly cost effective, simple application work that either accesses a remote portal or executes a VDI application, the enterprise can supply teleworkers with a 32 GB Read Only SWTG.

Mitigate Data Leakage and Malware Propagation

For employees accessing cloud based applications or remote portals, all SPYRUS WTG devices can be provisioned as Read-Only to boot securely from untrusted home computers. This enables management of external peripherals attached to USB and printer ports to prevent data exfiltration, while blocking storage of any persistent data on the device. Through these protective mechanisms, no “footprint” of work data is left on the home computer thereby mitigating propagation of malware.  (SPYRUS Windows To Go Live Drives)

Reduce IT Support Costs

All SWTG drives are delivered with your corporate Windows image for that specific user. In addition to the benefits inherent in controlling programs and data access, your IT department will be supporting a common platform regardless of the specific BYOD device.  (SPYRUS Windows To Go Live Drives)

Security for Data at Rest

SPYRUS WorkSafe™ Pro and Secure Portable Workplace™ use advanced XTS-AES 256 mode of encryption, totally transparent to the user while operating at SSD category speeds. It is the IEEE standard for full disk encryption and much stronger than using software based full disk encryption. For added protection without reducing performance, SPYRUS provides its Defense-in-Depth two-layer encryption protection by enabling optional   BitLocker software encryption, with the BitLocker key securely protected in the hardware encrypted memory partition.  (SPYRUS Windows To Go Live Drives)

Device and Data Management

All SWTG products are complemented by the SPYRUS Enterprise Management System (SEMS).   SEMS offers risk management via global, national and organizational control over those important corporate and personal IT information assets which have previously been confined and protected within the physical IT infrastructure of a facility, but now require protection as they travel the world within USB endpoint devices.   SEMS provides central management for SWTG drives with numerous policy driven functions including user access, device enablement/disablement, “kill” inoperability, group or user policy changes, audit recording, and password changes. The SEMS architecture allows an unlimited number of devices to be managed with facilities for multiple administrators based on organizational needs and policies. The persistent audit trail provided by SEMS permits the real time monitoring of an “Acceptable Usage Agreement” for BYOD support.

In-field updates and policy changes can be uniformly administered with SPYRUS SEMS management system and SCCM with common procedures rather than returning devices to a central “loan pool.”   SEMS ease of use is an important management and cost consideration in deploying scalable device management systems. Under SEMS, System Administrators primarily operate in a demand-based environment. SEMS allows them to take actions for control of devices based on user-driven operational help requests, threat circumstances, or organization-driven policy changes. (SPYRUS Enterprise Management System)

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