If you’re an IT admin or network security professional, you know better than anyone that users want to work wherever they are, on the Internet connected device of their choice. What’s alarming, is that they’re also accessing company data over cloud applications like Salesforce, Dropbox and Google Apps, from whatever unsecured Wi-Fi network is available while they’re on the go.

Most users just don’t grasp that there’s great risk associated with connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks. And if they do grasp the risk, the reward of on-demand connectivity seems worth it. But what does that mean for you? Many public hotspots have no security and can be easily compromised. Too, fraudulent, computer-to-computer access points can be setup to appear just as secure as other networks. In both environments, criminals can eavesdrop on communications or steal login credentials. Worse, many websites and non-Web apps lack proper encryption to prevent data leaks during these increasingly popular schemes.

In thinking about the new way people work, we’ve identified seven things that every network administrator needs to know in order to secure nomadic workers, including best practices for protecting users who access company data over unsecured networks. You can download the whitepaper, or join us for a webcast on Nov. 28.

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We’d love to hear the challenges you’re facing in securing nomadic workers. Tweet at @getumbrella or @opendns, or share your comments with us below.

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