Empower Users with Access to a Resilient Cloud’s Capacity, Speed, and Security from Any Physical Edge Device
As we mark the year’s anniversary of the national shutdown and Work from Home (WFH) mandate, the federal government workforce has transformed from being forced to use BYOD to learn the gains in productivity and operational efficiency, and freedom to work from anywhere. The post-COVID-19 age of secure mobility is here. Is your government agency ready to embrace it?
Nationwide—and globally—COVID-19 is changing us economically, personally, and professionally. It is unlikely that we will go back to where we were. A new normal has emerged. One of the most significant changes we’re seeing is in how we work. Telework is now widespread in both the private and public sectors and shows no signs of slowing down. According to a Conference Board September 2020 survey, before the pandemic, 12% percent of surveyed U.S. organizations were willing to hire 100% virtual workers in the U.S. or internationally. By September 2020, that number jumped to 36%, a threefold increase.
Secure Teleworking in the Public Sector
It’s No longer about Choosing Security Over Convenience – Now Teleworkers Can Have Both
In the public sector, the telework numbers are noteworthy as well. According to an April 2020 U.S. Department of Defense article, Air Force Lt. Gen. B.J. Shwedo, the Joint Staff’s director for command, control, communications, computers/cyber, and chief information officer, said as many as four million DOD military and civilian workers were teleworking. Shwedo also said the Army had, at the time, 800,000 telework-enabled members on DOD networks, with demand increasing daily. Nearly one year later, those numbers are sure to be significantly higher.
In federal agencies, when COVID-19 hit, telework addressed an immediate need but was not an entirely new paradigm. However, its popularity soared among employees in 2020. According to a January 2021 Federal News Network survey of 2,000 federal employees and contractors, 48% of teleworkers would work remotely every day. Agency employers have seen positives too. As early as July of 2020, the DOD’s chief management officer Lisa Hershman said, “We really shattered the myth that you can’t do any work at DOD via a telework situation.” The biggest challenge then and now for federal agencies wanting to implement teleworking strategies is risk. Secure teleworking must safeguard networks and systems while safely empowering teleworkers who need access to classified data.
Why Conventional Legacy Mobile Device Management Misses the Mark
Security, Adoptability, and Costly Administrative Concerns Fault This Solution
Typically, IT departments would turn to Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions to enable mobile device users to access network data. MDM has long been the software of choice for this task. However, the use of MDM for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) scenarios is an expensive, administratively cumbersome cybersecurity risk. When employees and service members use their personal devices, costs are lower than with GFE, but there are still significant expenses associated with MDM. Because MDM requires individual device management, IT must maintain, manage, and update every user’s device—a resource-heavy task that’s difficult to scale. Also, individual device management gives IT visibility into and control of personal devices. End-users expose personal data, email, photos, and other Information, creating mistrust.
Cybersecurity is a significant concern with the use of an MDM solution. MDM allows end-users to access and download network data to their mobile devices. As soon as that data rests on the device, it becomes difficult to control and is at risk. Agencies typically address this issue with a remote wipe of a lost or stolen phone. However, this creates more adoptability problems with end-users. Remote wipes delete all device data, including personal email, contacts, photos, and more. Many end-users resist or reject MDM solutions, finding workarounds, creating additional security vulnerabilities.
Secure Virtual Mobility Delivers a Proven, Military-Grade Encryption Solution
Hypori Unleashes the Power of Mobile Capabilities and Productivity by Uncoupling it from Costly Hardware
Hypori Virtual Mobility™ has a better way for federal agencies to embrace secure teleworking. Hypori is used today by U.S. Defense and Intelligence Commanders and Operators to securely communicate classified Information with zero-footprint from any BYOD device—Android™, iOS®, or Windows® 10, anytime, anywhere, in cloud or on-prem.
Hypori’s® next-gen technology delivers military-grade secure, centrally managed, budget-conscious BYOD to agencies nationwide. A 100% physical and virtual separation between devices and agency data means no risk of data leakage or loss. A central admin hub can remove and reconnect lost or stolen devices with no remote wipes.
Federal agencies can empower their teleworkers to be more productive and protect their privacy while cutting administrative costs and saving resources. With Hypori, your agency can eliminate cybersecurity concerns and implement an NSA CSfC certified solution that leaves no data at rest and enables zero-trust, location-independent BYOD access to secure agency networks. Want to learn more? Contact hypori.com.