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March 26 2020

Working from home - productivity or vulnerability?

The term “ BYOD” means “Bring Your Own Device”. Originally recognized by the company Intel, in 2009, the company found that the use of devices chosen by the employees themselves increased their satisfaction.

Many companies have already implemented the BYOD concept in their respective policies since then. In this way, users can use their own mobile devices for work purposes.

Your Own Device

It is natural for employees to feel more productive when using the same devices they use at home, at work. This certainly increases their productivity in carrying out their respective tasks.

You might think: why would an employee's efficiency increase using his own device? Consider this: which device do you feel is the easiest to use? Your personal phone that stays with you most of your time or a corporate one?

Based on these aspects, it has become a consensus in the market. Certainly, when the user chooses his own devices to work, they become more efficient. This consensus was later consolidated with the origin of BYOD (Bring your own device).

To do so, we will list some of the main benefits and points that require attention for a BYOD implementation.

BYOD benefits

Cost Reduction

Operating costs are reduced by allowing users to use their own devices for work purposes. Undeniably, the company will be able to save considerably in terms of the costs of acquiring such devices. Thus, such savings generated may boost new investments in the IT segment or in other areas.

Productivity increase

Because they know their devices better, users tend to produce more than using instruments that are not as familiar. Users tend to use the phone's resources faster and more effectively than others who use phones from other manufacturers.


Users can perform their respective functions from wherever they are using their own devices. With this, the company will be able to provide a VPN for remote access. In order to grant permission to a specific application over the Internet, as long as there is the necessary security.

BYOD Points for Attention


This is the main risk for a BYOD implementation. The more users use their own personal devices to access and transfer confidential information, the greater the risk that the company will suffer attempts from hacker attacks and intrusions. For this reason, it is essential that a policy is implemented with restrictions on certain content and applications.

In addition to the security policy, it is essential that the company provide complete visibility of the network. Subsequently, they make it possible to identify all traffic in detail. Thus, even identifying any suspicious traffic.

Internal Tools

When there is no specific control over all devices, users do not use the tools properly. With this, the gaps for the misuse of information increase. For this reason, users need to be trained in the use of work data on their respective devices.

Environment for remote users

A network infrastructure prepared for remote users should also be considered when preparing the plan. While they may have the same access conditions to the tools used by employees who will be physically at the workplace.


Final considerations

Visibility is essential that in any implementation of BYOD and remote access. It becomes very risky to allow users to have free access and use the company's tools and applications on their own devices without proper monitoring and security over their infrastructure.

For the implementation of BYOD to be successful, your company must be able to manage access to all devices on the network, as well as identify the respective applications used. Based on this information, it will be possible to define restrictions according to the profile of your company, safely, thus enjoying all the benefits that BYOD can provide.

All redborder solutions enable to achieve single-pane-of-glass visibility and control, allowing your company to follow the main aspects of your network in real time.


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