Does Your Business Need a VPN?

Posted by Stefanie Kober Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:47:00 GMT

Numerous companies are turning to VPNs to fulfill their business needs. Virtual private networks (VPNs) provide users with a secure connection to a private network over the public network, usually the Internet. How can a VPN benefit your company? To answer this question; we’ll be discussing two case examples in today’s blog post.

VPN Remote Access Technology
Business needs have changed considerably, mostly due to advancements in technology. Work is no longer defined as a fixed place where you go to every day: Nowadays, employees have the opportunity to work from anywhere at anytime, given that they have access to the internet. Assuming companies make full use of the opportunities that modern technologies provide to them, they will be able to benefit from more flexibility and shorter response times, which can lead to significant competitive advantages. The following situations are examples of how businesses can enhance their competitive advantage by introducing new management practices.

Case Example 1) Introduction of Remote Working
Companies are becoming more aware of the numerous benefits of teleworking, including fewer distractions, increased productivity and increased flexibility. By definition, teleworking, “telecommuting” or “working from home,” involves an employee working with a personal computer/device, away from the employer’s premises – this can expose the company to security threats.

Risky employee behavior includes the transfer of files from a corporate device to a home computer that is not protected or maintained to IT’s standards, using personal communications, and failing to use a laptop privacy guard when working remotely in a public place. These malpractices invite information theft and put corporate data at risk.

Case Example 2) Introduction of Mobile Devices and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
The use of mobile devices, such as tablets and laptops, is gaining popularity amongst many organizations, as it allows employees to maintain communications with the others while working off-site, and enables remote access to corporate facilities, including product databases, while visiting clients, attending trade fairs and teleworking.

The BYOD (bring your own device) strategy is also being implemented by numerous companies, whereby employees bring their own personal computing devices (such as smartphones) to the workplace for use and connectivity to the corporate network. The ultimate goal of this strategy is to increase productivity and reduce costs.

The introduction of such mobile computing devices raises several considerable security concerns. Apart from the problem of physical security, there is also the issue of cybercrime. Remote access to corporate data resources increases vulnerability to attacks from outside, since the networks are less likely to be as secure as those used within the organization itself.

Different VPN solutions exist on the market, thus extra caution must be taken to ensure that the best possible decision is made when choosing a business VPN solution. Software virtual private networks offer several advantages to organizations that are looking for a cost-effective VPN solution that offers security and performance.

HOB has developed HOB RD VPN (Remote Desktop Virtual Private Network), a pure software VPN solution. HOB RD VPN enables enterprises to secure their server-based computing environment with strong SSL encryption and strong authentication so that none of the data is at risk. HOB RD VPN is certified according to Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CC) EAL 4+, underpinning its high level of security.

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