Is WeWork a secure office solution for a hybrid or fully remote workforce?

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Director, IT in Software, 201 - 500 employees
My first experience with a WeWork location outside of the US was in Berlin. I opened my laptop and scanned the entire block of IPs that I had access to. I think I was on the guest network, so I only expected the internet. I shouldn't have been able to see anyone else. But I saw everyone: not just live hosts, I saw open ports, too. Open ports were all I needed to see, and at that point I saw my employees, but I also saw folks from the HP space and Amazon is above us.

And at that point, I had to make a determination: It should not be up to WeWork to secure my end users. We're in their space. For me to try to bring in my own personal area network (PAN) appliance or firewall and own access points (APs) is not worth the investment because we could be here for just six months to a year. So we started to focus on the endpoint, which ended up being a lot more efficient from a cost and labor perspective.
Head of Information Technology, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
We used 27 different WeWork locations in the US before COVID. We were shipping Meraki MX68 devices with their own WAN connection. The failover was just a network cable to their network ports on the wall there, but we were able to bypass their networks completely for the bit of traffic that we needed, it worked fine. We'd get a monthly cellular router for $100/month for unlimited. It was perfect for the four or five people we had at each location at any time.

Then we had one large space of about 90 users and we were able to bring in our own firewall. It cost a hell of a lot more. We rewired every port in that space and brought in our own APs, but it was worth it. I think WeWork should shift their model for companies that are more focused on security so that it is a vanilla space and they just have a 10U rack ready to go. That seems pretty straightforward.
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VP, IT and Operations in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

Our team did something similar, but it was a challenge for us in the international locations—especially Singapore, where they had all these crazy regulations, even to get a simple phone connection. We just had to ask all of our teams to use cellphones instead of a desk phone, it was quite a challenge until we finally grew enough to sublease an office space there.

CISO in Software, 51 - 200 employees
When I was at a vaping company we had WeWorks everywhere, but we were growing 10x a month back then and we just got our own internet connections within WeWork, breaking all of their policies. We were such a big customer of theirs that they said, "Forget it, you guys can have a year lease and all the internet connections you want."

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