Business continuity planning (BCP) refers to the plan-of-action that an organization undertakes to ensure that the core business and operations are running in the event of a disaster (weather, epidemics, technical issues etc.) or any unplanned incidents. It is an interdepartmental process that is often led by the IT team, involving different strategies to restore the normal business and reduce downtime.
Business continuity aims to keep things running in situations using high availability features rather than defaulting to a secondary infrastructure on a bespoke disaster recovery site.
It is beneficial to have this infrastructure available, but what if the end users are not able to connect to the corporate system that is office-based as they can’t physically make it into the office for different reasons?
Such scenarios often require solutions that allows end users to connect securely from non-corporate devices, and from remote locations.
With business continuity in mind, end users can easily access their digital environments through ThinKiosk on their corporate devices, or with Secure Remote Worker on their home PCs.
This allows them to connect back to the corporate environments, securely, and under IT policy and control when unable to make it into the office.
Being software defined thin client solutions, Thinkiosk and Secure Remote Worker are both essentially Windows applications that run on an end user's device, instantly turning it into a secure and centrally managed thin client.
Business continuity brings together the elements of remote working and work-at-home, BYOD, security, and compliance.
Combining all these elements allows end-users to continue working securely, regardless of their location and using their personal or corporate-owned Windows device, should they be unable to make it in to the office.
Whether an end user is located in the same building or working remotely from home, ThinScale's Management Console gives IT teams full control over the entire thin client environment.
Using ThinScale's intuitive central management platform, IT teams can easily manage, troubleshoot, and update their entire thin client environment updating software, profiles, and security settings, all from a single console.
With built-in location awareness, Thinscale products are designed to dynamically adapt an end user's permissions based on centrally-defined access policies, as well as the established security level of their local network.
ThinKiosk and Secure Remote Worker can help you meet policy requirements at the endpoint level. As part of an overall plan involving content, strategy, and people, both solutions can help to achieve PCI, HIPAA and GDPR compliance. ThinScale engaged with Coalfire in order to conduct an independent technical assessment of both ThinKiosk and Secure Remote Worker with regard to security compliance. Learn more.
With access to virtual desktops and other remotely delivered environments (Citrix, VMware, Microsoft WVD, Amazon AWS), users can now work-at-home or work from anywhere outside the corporate office environment, securely using their personal devices. Using ThinScale's intuitive central management platform, the IT department can enable remote working and still maintain corporate levels of security, ensuring the personal devices are secure and will not compromise data security.
“The upshot of this is that if you have virtualised infrastructure, a way of remotely delivering apps, you now no longer have to buy your employee a piece of hardware to access the corporate environment. We provide that.”
Brendan Kiely, CEO, ThinScale Technology in The Irish Times
Secure Remote Worker is a software-only solution that temporarily turns a personal Windows device into a secure corporate device. This enables agents to use their own personal device as a corporate machine while in Secure Remote Worker mode enabling secure remote access and work at home.
It successfully meets the key technology requirements for work at home providing a cost-effective, efficient and secure way of rolling out work at home programs. This explains its rapid adoption with industry leaders like Teleperformance, Dizzion and Sensée among others.
As part of a business continuity plan, Secure Remote Worker enables end users to access the virtual workspace even if they don't have access to their corporate devices.