Companies have traditionally blocked access to internal systems on non-company issued devices; forcing employees to use company-issued desktop computers. However, this is set to change as companies overcome the issue of security and embrace personal devices such as laptops and iPads in the workplace. So what can organisations do to move towards a fully virtualised environment?
“Allowing employees to use their own devices in the workplace can potentially save an organisation money, as well as increase staff engagement. However, there are a number of issues to contend with,” commented Kareem Tawansi, CEO of software development provider, Solentive Software.
“The first issue is security. How can an organisation maintain its security obligations to its clients when a machine that has access to company infrastructure is not completely controlled by the organisation?” continued Kareem.
“The answer is a tool such as a controlled Remote Desktop session over a secure VPN (virtual processing network) and access to virtual machines, organisations can provide controllable environments to devices that they do not own or control.
“The key is to ensure that all the controls of the environment can be done on the server with no requirements needed on the device, apart from the installation of software to access those environments such as Remote Desktop or tools for Citrix servers,” concluded Kareem.