Is your company utilizing a VPN — or just hoping you won’t be the next victim of a breach?
A virtual private network, or VPN, is a technology that enables you to create a secure network connection while using a public network. It extends the secure network through encrypted connections made over the Internet.
With 65% of cyberattacks aimed at small-to-medium-sized businesses, it's more crucial than ever to keep online activity protected. Just think about it: with telecommuting and remote work becoming increasingly mainstream, employees are taking care of business from nearly every corner of the world — and more often than not, relying on unsecured public networks in the process.
How often are employees flying back to HQ — relying on the airport's free Wi-Fi, or perhaps using an unsecured connection to upload files? Working from wherever has become synonymous with the modern-day grind, however, it can come at a huge cost.
But there are ways to mitigate that risk. A VPN allows users to access networks remotely, so employees can work away from a physical office and still securely access network resources — which is just one of the many reasons this technology is widely used in business environments.
Still not convinced a VPN is right for your business? Consider these four benefits:
- VPN access decreases the need to open up your private services to the internet. This means the chances of a security breach and cyberattack are greatly reduced. Being the target of an attack may sound like something that only happens to other companies — but the reality is, only the biggest breaches make the headlines. Cybint found that over 60% of companies have experienced cyber attacks such as DDoS attacks, phishing, and social engineering attacks. Using a VPN will keep your employees off of public networks, decreasing the likelihood of an attack.
- Increases Employee Productivity. When employees are out of the office, they still need to use the services that are only available while connected to the company’s network. Luckily, high-speed Internet access from cellular data networks and seemingly omnipresent Wi-Fi hotspots means that internet access is available just about anywhere. A VPN rides on this Internet access, and makes private network access equally ubiquitous. A VPN combined with mobile internet access allows employees to access enterprise applications — and increase productivity — while away from the office.
- VPNs ensure your client’s data security. Collecting data from clients, customers, and patients comes at a risk — but you can soothe their worries (and yours) by utilizing a VPN. Although many of them will likely not understand what a VPN entails, a little education can go a long way. Wouldn’t you rather rely on a company that took the extra step to secure your data, as opposed to one that didn’t?
- VPNs are a very affordable addition to your security. A VPN is an upgrade that is more than worth it. Prices vary but are normally very affordable. A VPN is a budget-friendly choice that is instantly effective and will be a great addition to your company’s security.
OpenVPN Access Server
OpenVPN enables businesses to leverage mobility, access, and security to simplify IT. Over 100,000 businesses, including industry leaders such as Google, Amazon, and Disney, are protected on-premises, in the cloud, and in the field with OpenVPN software.
OpenVPN has integrated a suite of leading-edge networking and software technologies to deliver virtual network software that provides secure, reliable, and scalable communication services, not only fulfilling the requirements of the traditional virtual private network (VPN) market, but also addressing the future demands of SDN – Software Defined Network, Remote Access to private networks, tunneling to UTM – Unified Threat Management Firewall Clouds/Gateways, tunneling to DDOS Clouds/Gateways to protect against malicious attacks.
OpenVPN Access Server is an award-winning VPN solution that provides virtual network connectivity to cross-platform OpenVPN Connect and other OpenVPN protocol compatible VPN clients. AS provides enterprise management capabilities, simplified Administration and OpenVPN Connect UI, and OpenVPN Client software for Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, and Windows.