Remote and Provisional Workers Gain Secure Access

The way people work has changed dramatically over the last decade. Employees and contractors were once required to be at the organization’s physical location in order to do their jobs. Today, workers may be located anywhere in the world without losing productivity. It’s becoming more common for team members who work collaboratively on a project to live in different countries, even on different continents. With the Internet, video conferencing and other technology have paved the way for remote collaboration, redefining what it means to be a team member. Devices have also proliferated, blurring the lines between consumer and enterprise computing.

While remote employees usually use company-provisioned computers, provisional workers nearly always bring their own devices. This forces IT organizations to deal with the complexity of providing the appropriate level of information access. IT is also tasked with protecting the network and company data from unmanaged devices that may not meet corporate security standards. Deciding between provisioning laptops, which often results in workers having to carry two devices; providing a virtualized desktop, which can be problematic in regions with poor bandwidth; and providing web-based access, which can cause a poor user experience when applications are missing features or not available through the web is a balancing act. We’ve deployed many different solutions at Intel, and each has its pros and cons. Read more about the different solutions Intel IT has deployed.

USB Windows To Go* for Remote and Provisional Workers

Secure Remote Access with a Portable USB Operating System paperRecently, we began deploying USB operating systems with Windows To Go* as a solution for many of our provisional workers, and some remote workers as well. The USB devices can be easily shipped anywhere in the world for a fraction of the cost of provisioning a laptop, and with additional Intel® Security, we can manage them remotely. The USB OS improves the user experience compared to previous solutions while maintaining Intel’s high standard for security. Workers are happy with the performance and flexibility, and Intel saves money while maintaining security, protecting data, and continuing to provide the support workers expect.

Read the IT@Intel White Paper Secure, Remote Access with a Portable USB Operating System to learn how Intel IT uses a USB OS solution to meet the needs of remote and provisional workers.

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Shmuel Ber

About Shmuel Ber

Shmuel Ber is a Systems Engineer in the IT Infrastructure Engineering group at Intel. He recently led the project to develop USB operating system solutions for remote and provisional workers. With 13 years in high tech—the last five at Intel—Shmuel recognized early the power of virtualization to equip people with the right productivity tools for nearly any job, while also keeping IT costs to a minimum. His experience working with international teams has helped Intel deliver a broad range of solutions, enabling worker collaboration and productivity. A valued leader among his team members, Shmuel holds an MSc – Post Master degree in Computer Science from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France.