A virtual private network (also known as a VPN) is something that more and more businesses are using, especially now while most of the workforce is now working from home. As a means of encrypting data while it is in transit, the use of a VPN enables you to transmit assorted types of data more safely. Of course, not all VPNs are the same, and so you need to be careful to select the right solution for your needs..
In a normal situation, how often do you find yourself accessing the Internet as you’re out and about--more specifically, checking on business matters and sending and receiving business data? Any time you do so (or otherwise access the Internet) your data is susceptible to being spied on and/or intercepted on its way to its destination. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic currently in place, we’re far from a normal situation. Now it is more important than ever to give your workforce a secure way to access company data. This should make the importance of a VPN to businesses of all sizes only too apparent.
There are fundamental differences between a VPN designed for consumer use and one designated for a business. Personal VPNs tend to protect home users from being tracked online. It’s yet another layer of protection, but they aren’t really designed for business. However, a business has different needs than an individual user, the primary use of a Business VPN is so that your employee's can connect back to the office when they are working remotely. This could be not only a sales person out on the road, but also remote workers who work from their homes.
Another use of a Business VPN is for Reemote Office to Connect to the Head Office. Or a Network to Network or site-to-site VPN
To address this exact issue, business VPNs are designed to allow for centralized management, something that consumer-focused VPNs do not. With a business VPN, you have the power to make sure each user is protected by the VPN in a simple way. Additionally you may want to track your remote users to see "who" is connecting and when they are connecting.
This has just been a brief introduction to the VPN-selection process. If you’re serious about putting one into place, or even if you just want to learn more about them, reach out to Clustered Networks. Our team can help evaluate your situation and recommend the best course of action for you, as well as help you fulfill your business IT requirements.
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