Definition And History : Bring Your Own Device

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Definition and History Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is when an employee uses one or more personal computing devices for business purposes. It can include personal computers, laptops, tablets, USB or flash drives, mobile phones and even online computing services such as Dropbox or Google Drive. The history of BYOD stems from the technological advances of the past 25 years, starting with employees accessing corporate networks from their home computers via dial-up modems in the late 1980’s and virtual private networks starting in the early 1990’s, continuing through the massive increase in mobile phones and access to corporate email via Blackberry type devices and culminating in the current state of being connected all the time via tablets…show more content…
SSL VPN is a newer VPN technology that links an employee’s computer to a corporate network via a web browser. No client software is required, meaning a larger variety of operating systems are potentially supported. The third type of VPN is mobile, in which one of the endpoints of the tunnel is not fixed (Bridwater, 2013). Each VPN has its pros and cons. IPSec licenses usually come included with the purchase of a firewall, processing overhead is low which potentially allows thousands of simultaneous connections and the technology is mature and well understood. On the flip side, client software needs to be installed on each machine needing access to the network, which can cause IT support issues, especially during technology upgrades or refreshes. SSL VPN’s are installed directly from the browser on each device, which reduces the IT resources required for implementation. It’s also available for mobile devices, allowing for flexibility in work location and equipment. The downsides are that more complex setup is required on the firewall side and additional processing overhead is also required, which means that less connections are available. SSL VPN is also often sold as an add-on product for firewalls too, meaning an extra cost is involved. For mobile VPN’s, the biggest positive is the flexibility it offers employees in regards to location and connectivity. The biggest drawbacks however are the potential security holes when
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