Best Practice No. 2: Security

By Purnima Padmanabhan  |  Posted 2011-01-25 Print this article Print

Best Practice No. 2: Security

The second major hurdle to BYOC programs is security. Because IT has less control over the physical machine, it must be treated as an untrusted device. Instead of controlling the hardware, IT should focus on securing the data. For the virtual desktop, there are seven security measures to look for in a solution: host checker, VM encapsulation, VM encryption, tamper resistance of code and policies, Active Directory authentication, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and centralized control of security policies.

Best Practice No. 3: Network configuration

In order to safeguard the network, the system should be configured so that only the VM has access to the corporate network and not the physical machine itself. The network team can implement segregation policies to ensure this separation.

Best Practice No. 4: BYOC program policies

Before rolling out the program, it is important to have the rules decided in advance. How will the machines be acquired (by the employee or the company)? Is there a stipend? If so, how much? Which employees are eligible? Who owns the machine? What are the minimum hardware specifications for a machine? Any recommended or prohibited devices? Will corporate IT be responsible for hardware support or should the employee add a support package (such as AppleCare) when buying the device? All of these specifics should be clearly communicated to employees.

Purnima Padmanabhan is Vice President of Products at MokaFive. Purnima brings extensive experience in building teams that can define and deliver products based on a keen understanding of market dynamics and customer needs. Purnima is responsible for marketing, product management and user experience functions. Most recently, Purnima served as the director of product management for BMC's Service Automation business where she drove business strategy, M&A and product definition. Prior to BMC, Purnima held various marketing roles at Marimba and at Loudcloud. Purnima has a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford and a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California. She can be reached at

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