Creatively Using VPNs: Private Outsourcing

Posted by Sabrina Sturm Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:21:00 GMT

VPNs, i.e., solutions for remotely accessing company data and applications, are used frequently in today’s business environment. The reasons to do so are manifold: for remote maintenance purposes, home offices or the connection of subsidiaries to headquarters.

Not long ago, an employee made a noise in the world since he used a VPN solution very creatively – he outsourced his job to China. Thanks to a VPN, the Chinese was comfortably able to overtake the work of the software developer – who in turn profited from more free time. 

Of course, VPNs should not be used for illegal purposes, but having them correctly configured and used, they provide manifold benefits for employees and companies. With some security mechanisms, the case described above could have been prevented, e.g., by defining detailed roles and rights that do not allow to remotely access resources from abroad.

 

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