BYOD, Employees & Contractors - At Whose Risk?

BYOD, Employees & Contractors

At least one cyber attack occurs every 39 seconds.  CISOs and their teams are overwhelmed with managing an ever-increasing volume of tools charged to prevent or mitigate threats from external and internal actors. Often the focus on “security at all costs” cuts directly into productivity and the ability to do business effectively.

It’s already a major struggle to ensure team members have safe, secure access to corporate data and applications while using corporate-owned devices. It’s even harder when employees bring their own. Risks are further compounded when integrating third-party contractors within the corporate infrastructure – should they receive corporate-owned devices? If they are using their own devices, what controls are in place to ensure that they can only access corporate assets relevant to their jobs only? How do we prevent them from stealing corporate assets when the relationship ends? How do we get our equipment back?

As secure mobile device management (MDM) has become almost an impossibility to due to the proliferation of devices and the continuous upgrades and replacement of personal and corporate devices, many organizations have turned to the browser as the central access point for assets – therefore, insecure browsers like Chrome, Edge, Safari, etc., have become the main OS, simultaneously delivering comprehensive workforce flexibility and significant security gaps.

The Solution: The Zero-Trust, Identity-first Secure Enterprise Browser


SURF Zero-Trust browser provides device separation without needing MDM, VDI, or other tools, effectively securing any data or applications accessed via the browser, no matter the device. This means that even if the individual device is ridden with malware, the data accessed on the corporate enterprise browser will be completely protected. 


The focus on Zero Trust significantly reduces internal threats as well - 30% according to the latest stats. Every login is authorized and validated. Furthermore, the SURF back-end allows access to be predefined according to specific roles or even on an individual basis. This means employees can only access what they need to complete their work. Employers can also set specific policies and receive alerts when any of these are broken - for example, if an employee is copying and pasting from a document when this has been forbidden. 

By keeping the business in mind, the SURF approach to corporate browsing reinforces security without interfering with productivity or agility. 

SURF Zero-Trust browser delivers comprehensive granular access control, intellectual property monitoring, data encryption, and policy management without compromising privacy. To accelerate adoption among third-party contractors, temporary employees, and “local” employees operating with BYOD, SURF’s browser does not store ANY browsing history, allowing team members complete SURFing freedom.

SURF Security allows organizations to easily onboard and retain a diverse workforce from anywhere in the world, allowing them to work wherever, whenever, and however they want – all with complete zero-trust identity management and complete privacy.


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