Why is an SSL VPN Essential for Business Continuity?

Posted by Stefanie Kober Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:43:00 GMT

Business continuity planning is an essential part of any business strategy in the modern world, as the ability to continue operations after a disaster determines which companies are able to survive financially and those that disappear.
There are many business processes and applications, such as customer support and accounting, which depend heavily on real time access to information. There is a broad spectrum of concerns ranging from tropical cyclones that prevent people from physically coming into the office to site failures that can prohibit access to information systems, rapidly disrupting business processes. The business impact itself can be significant, resulting in poor customer service, loss of revenue and market share, and loss of credibility.

Remote Access

Obviously, access to business applications and data is vital to help keep the business running as usual. Remote access should be considered as a key element of business continuity planning, as it enables employees to continue work by working remotely in case disaster strikes at the corporate offices.

Not all VPNs are Created Equal
As not all VPNs are created equal, there are several key features to look for when choosing a remote access solution from a business continuity perspective.
SSL VPNs (Secure Socket Layer Virtual Private Networks) are especially effective in unforeseen events – to support this type of access, all a company needs is a desktop PC, laptop or smart phone that has an Internet browser installed. SSL VPNs allow home office workers, travelers or business partners reliable and secure access to applications from different types of devices, anywhere in the world, at any time.

Ease of Deployment
SSL VPN solutions are also incredibly easy to deploy, and during times of disaster, this is critical. When disaster strikes, you will not have much time to perform a client installation or introduce any type of software, especially in cases involving a large amount of end users. However, with an SSL VPN solution, you can pre-define your access policies and pre-provision your users.

Access Control
Since SSL VPNs provide access to various devices and users, it is important to be able to set up appropriate access policies, ensuring that users are coming from trusted devices, and are authorized access to the allocated resources.

Performance and Scalability
Performance and scalability are also an important requirement. During normal business operations, only a small fraction of people may be simultaneously and remotely accessing applications; in times of disaster, the numbers can be considerably higher. Therefore your scalability requirements can be much greater. Thus it is important not to overlook this important feature when looking for remote access solutions.

Take Away
An important part of any business continuity plan is remote access. SSL VPNs are effective for providing remote access during a disaster, more specifically in the flexibility they offer. These secure access from both managed corporate machines, as well as unmanaged computers, such as personal PCs or public machines. SSL VPNs are also very easy to deploy and manage; a client does not need to be handed out to each end user’s machine, therefore saving a lot of time and effort, particularly when a disaster strikes.

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