By Rieva Lesonsky

Implementing a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy in your workplace can be a scary proposition. Even with so much data being pushed to the cloud, there’s still a lot of vital information that resides on those take-home machines. Fortunately, new security measures will let you rest easier, whether the device is in or out of the office.

The Toshiba Portégé Detachable Ultrabook is a hybrid device that is both a powerful laptop computer and a smooth touchscreen tablet. What makes this a perfect BYOD companion is the flexibility that incorporates the power you need to get work done and the must-have security that keeps your data safe, with the utility of a device that slims down to a tablet making it an easy reader when winding down from a long day.

When talking security, the Portégé has several different layers. First is the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that stores your cryptographic information separately from the other memory. Then, the fingerprint reader adds a level of biometric security that will keep your information free from an outsider’s grubby hands. Finally, this Ultrabook comes with the latest Intel Core processor with vPro technology.

The vPro technology is like its own security suite. It helps protect against viruses and malware and also allows your IT team to remotely manage and even repair the device if needed. If something even worse takes place, such as your Ultrabook is lost or stolen, IT can remotely lock the computer down, protecting the user’s identity and your business data. Since vPro technology is embedded in the hardware, it operates separately from the hard drive, operating system and other applications. That means if something is wrong or infected IT can still assess the issue and begin making the fix.

With all the security it’s easy to forget that this laptop is also an 11.6″ multitouch tablet computer running Windows 8. When the tablet is detached, it weighs just 1.87 lbs. When snapped back onto the keyboard base, the weight only increases to 3.19 lbs., making it a slender device you’ll always want to have by your side.

Another terrific feature is the fully-loaded setup of ports. So often Ultrabooks (and you can forget about most other tablets) present makeshift solutions when you want to connect with other devices—typically requiring some sort of dongle. The Portégé offers a plethora of ports, including a full-size SD port, a USB 3.0 and micro HDMI port on the tablet. On the keyboard base, it provides a second HDMI port an RGB port, a LAN port and a standard USB port. When you want to store your information, the Portégé comes equipped with either a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive (which means the hard drive doesn’t have any moving parts making it less likely to fail).

The work environment has changed greatly in the last few years and it’s great to have devices to match that reality. So go ahead and let your workers BYOD with confidence.

This is a paid post in conjunction with IDG and Toshiba.

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