IronKey Workspace for Windows To Go:

THE POSSIBILITIES
ARE ENDLESS

Windows To Go is an enterprise feature of Windows 8.1, and it's like having a secure desktop in your pocket. With IronKey Workspace for Windows To Go, a PC on a Stick, you can equip your employees and contractorswith a portable Windows 8.1 corporate image. This Microsoft-certified solution comes complete with your applications, security controls and access policies stored on a ruggedized, fully manageable USB flash drive – all at savings of up to 90% compared to the cost of laptops. Leveraging your existing Microsoft infrastructure, IronKey’s Windows To Go secures data while letting IT centrally control access, even providing the ability to remotely wipe or disable lost or stolen drives. And because the Windows To Go environment boots directly off the IronKey drive and not from the host computer, users keep the integrity of their corporate workspace intact, making IronKey Workspace with Windows to Go a secure, high-performance solution for BYOD.

The possibilities for your organization are endless. Now you can meet a multitude of your mobility mandates with one technology – Windows To Go.

Windows To Go: The Possibilities are Endless

BYOD

BYOD

The Bring Your Own Device movement is reshaping the way employers equip their workforce. With Windows To Go, you can confidently embrace BYOD by giving employees access to the enterprise network while allowing them to stay productive from a personal PC of their choice. Whether users always work on the same PC or roam between different systems in the office or at home, they can safely boot a full version of Windows 8.1 and all of their applications from any PC certified to run Windows 7.0 or higher. A consistent, fully mobile desktop experience keeps employees productive, and IT no longer has to support costly home computers.

Benefits

  • Realize thousands of dollars in costs savings in equipment and ongoing maintenance of your BYOD computers.
  • Keep security policies intact with a Windows To Go environment that boots directly off the workspace drive – and not the potentially unsecured employee-owned device.
  • Eliminate concern of employee use of their personal PC, Mac or tablet for corporate use with a separation of personal data from all corporate data and IT security policies.

Contractors

Contractors

Contractors are ideal candidates for alternative computing options – like a USB drive-based Windows To Go environment. Enterprise IT managers can quickly and easily distribute secure Windows To Go drives to workers on assignment. Contractors can boot their desktops exclusively from the Windows To Go drive and run all applications in that environment until their assignments end – then they simply return the devices and IT re-provisions them for the next contractor. Worried about rogue users? Don't be. IT can send a remote self-destruct signal to the drive.

Benefits

  • Securely enable temporary employees at a lower cost than traditional approaches.
  • Comply with government contractor standards including FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification and support for Common Access Card/Personal Identity Verification (CAC/PIV).
  • Provide controlled access to the OS and applications without allowing all of the permissions granted to full-time employees.

VDI Secure Endpoint

VDI Secure Endpoint

If your organization is currently using or considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), it is imperative that the VDI endpoint be trusted and not susceptible to malware or viruses. IT can install the VDI client on a Windows To Go drive thereby transforming any PC into a FIPS-hardened and trusted VDI endpoint.

Benefits

  • Ensure users boot their desktop environment solely from the secure device, thus protecting enterprise data, software and networks from threats.
  • Access to the VPN to tunnel into the VDI environment comes only after authenticating the workspace device using AES 256-bit encryption.

Travel Light / Telecommute

Travel Light / Telecommute

It's no secret that employees are happier when they are mobile and can work remotely. With Windows To Go, your staff can take their workspace device home and pop it into a PC to launch a company deployment of the Windows 8.1 operating system. And as it boots off the USB drive, it's completely isolated from the employee's host machine. Now employees can take their Windows desktop and all applications with them without dragging their laptop along. And as carrying laptops have a higher probability of theft and damage, secure workspace drives greatly minimize that risk.

Benefits

  • Employees travel light with their corporate desktop image, applications and policies provisioned on a secure Windows To Go drive.
  • Allow employees to work with the device that suits their work habits and allows them to maximize productivity.
  • Enable flexible work practices for telecommuters and employees who work on the road.

Shared PCs

Shared PCs

Providing employees with laptops is expensive, with some costing well over $1,000 apiece. As enterprises and agencies continue to watch their bottom line, it's often more economical to have employees share the same PC, particularly if they work different shifts. Windows To Go enables those employees to use the same system but have their own Windows 8.1 environment, complete with all their applications they then can take with them to use on any PC compatible with Windows 7 or higher. And since the desktop boots off the workspace device and not the PC, you can rest assured knowing their data stays protected and secure.

Benefits

  • Enable open seating, or activity-based working, when real estate footprint is limited as users roam across workstations equipped with PCs.
  • Allow field workers to move from one vehicle to another with agility and complete access to their data when vehicle fleets are outfitted with laptops.
  • Minimize IT capital spend using shared PC's that don't even require hard drives, operating systems or security software.

Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity

Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity

Windows To Go is an effective disaster recovery solution to continue your business operations or provide help to those in need. In the event of power outages, a PC crash, malware compromise or natural disasters like severe storms or fire, users may be unable to use their primary computer. Windows To Go allows them to continue working without any interruption of services from any compatible PC.

Benefits

  • Quickly and easily deploy corporate imaged Windows 8.1 desktop environments so personnel can work from anywhere.
  • Ensure critical functions remain operable even if headquarters facilities are closed or inaccessible.

Extend PC Lifetime

Extend PC Lifetime

Nearly every IT department has old laptops that are just taking up space. Now you can dust off those underutilized assets and use Windows To Go to dramatically extend the refresh cycle. Not only will IT realize significant cost savings, but the flash technology is typically faster than running the OS off the internal hard drive of these older systems.

Benefits

  • Save money while still getting all the benefits of the new Windows 8.1 operating system.
  • Extend the lifetime of your costly hardware equipment.
  • Enhance security by turning these old laptops into FIPS-certified systems: no need to update the older operating systems and installed security applications.

Selective Deployment of Windows 8.1

Selective Deployment of Windows 8.1

Whether you're using Windows XP or Windows 7, Windows To Go is a cost-effective way to test and deploy the latest Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system – at a fraction of the cost of a traditional OS upgrade. Using these secure devices on any PC certified to run Windows 7 or higher, you can selectively deploy the latest Microsoft operating system to employees without wasting time and budget on updating their laptops.

Benefits

  • Quickly and easily test the Windows 8.1 environment before you mass deploy to all employees.
  • Leverage existing Windows systems while users safely try Windows 8.1.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

Readily distribute desktop environments to new employees acquired through a merger or acquisition – while remaining in control of data and application access policies and permissions.

Benefits

  • Ease IT strain as you manage and authorize users providing access only to the information needed to do their job.
  • Employees can retain access to their original work laptop and readily access the new corporate system through the Windows To Go device.
  • Disable or even destroy Windows To Go devices if they are lost, stolen or misused.

Proof of Concept

Proof of Concept

Because Windows To Go provides a convenient enterprise-managed environment to work from any PC, it can be used as a proof of concept for a deployment environment or a test bed for new user applications – all while ensuring corporate compliance.

Benefits

  • Help employees test, evaluate and take advantage of new applications.
  • Deploy pilot programs with test applications to specific groups before rolling out to the enterprise.
  • Demonstrate the potential ROI from enabling secure mobility.

Industry Use Cases

Secure IronKey Workspace drives bring Windows To Go environments to virtually every mobile user, ensuring a consistent user experience managed by IT and built to protect data access and usage policies. With Windows To Go:

Healthcare organizations

Healthcare organizations keep workers productive while complying with strict data security mandates and privacy laws.

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Educational institutions

Educational institutions make it possible for faculty and students alike to safely use their own computers and touch tablets on campus and beyond.

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Federal agencies and contractors

Federal agencies and contractors can rely on military-grade encryption to protect mobile workspaces wherever workers go.

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State and local governments

State and local governments agencies can confidently equip employees with mobile workspaces that protect sensitive citizen data.

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Financial services institutions

Financial services institutions can avoid the high price of non-compliance by issuing mobile workspace devices to employees working from the field or at home.

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