A virtual private network (VPN) allows your employees to securely connect to your company’s network. This is especially useful for employees working remotely due to its easy access and encryption services.
Here are three ways VPNs can support your remote work setup.
1. They Reduce the Chance of Cybersecurity Incidents
Because so many companies had to transition to remote setups quickly in response to social distancing, hackers are already targeting weak remote infrastructures. One of the main benefits of a VPN is that it can enforce stringent security. A VPN enables employees to access your network — armed with its full security infrastructure, including firewalls, encryption and other in-place security measures — remotely.
2. They Improve Employee Productivity
Rather than leave employees to rely on the tools they have access to via their home networks, VPNs give employees full access to all the functionality they would have had in the office. With a VPN, employees can access all the tools they need to continue working at full capacity — all while secured with the company’s full security infrastructure.
3. Create Remote VPN Policies
Companies with remote setups should consider creating a VPN policy that defines which types of processes and activities must be performed on the VPN. Some companies, may only require certain high-security and high-demand activities to be performed on the VPN. Since VPNs promote security and productivity, we recommend organizations use their VPN as much as they can without overloading their VPN.
Working With a Trusted IT Partner
A VPN is one of the best investments for any business that supports remote work. It boosts security and productivity effectively and affordably.
On the other hand, however, an incorrectly configured VPN can do the opposite. A VPN that wasn’t set up properly may have security blind spots that you may not see — but hackers sure do. Similarly, VPNs that pivoted quickly from supporting a few remote workers to powering an entire remote workforce may not be equipped to handle that traffic, which could lead to crashes and costly downtime.
To ensure your VPN is properly set up, optimized and secured, consider working with a managed IT service provider. Peters & Associates, for example, has been helping companies configure remote setups long before the coronavirus drove the latest upswing in remote work. Our engineers have expert experience in VPN setup and configuration, and they can help you make sure you’ve got the right setup for your environment, from choosing the right solution to optimizing it for continual security and functionality.
To learn more about how we help companies with VPNs and other remote solutions, visit our managed services overview below.