VPN is one of those acronyms that gets tossed around quite often, and increasingly so in the business world. Most users have a vague sense of VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, but what most probably don’t realize, or haven’t stopped to consider, is just how powerful a tool VPNs are. The single most important function of VPNs is security. A VPN secures the users’ Internet connection by encrypting all data that is sent and received. The two most common ways of encrypting or building a private network is by using MPLs or IPsec technologies.
For professionals and businesses, Remote Access SSL VPN services enable employees to use almost any web browser to securely connect to a network from any location. In an increasingly mobile and connected world, this capability is swiftly becoming a business necessity. Namely in that VPN technology helps businesses to support their workforces remotely by providing employees with secure access to email, data and network resources, regardless of their location.
Companies without a secure VPN face either limited accessibility, if they choose to have no option for employees to connect outside the office, or risk extreme breaches in security if employees are able to remotely access data and information via any non-secure means. Limited accessibility means potentially limited capabilities, while any potential security risk that becomes an actual security breach could be immeasurably detrimental—think hackers, malware, spyware and stolen information, to name a few worst case scenarios.
However, those businesses who do have a secure VPN can remain operational even when unexpected problems arise and employees can’t be at the office – Mother Nature, flight cancellations, sickness, car problems, working after hours, etc. – and perhaps even more importantly, they can trust implicitly in the security of their data. Established providers, such as MegaPath, can manage and maintain speedy, secure VPNs, thereby reducing cost and supporting businesses at every turn. The cost of Remote Access using SSL VPN is predictable, and based on users, not hardware. Businesses can start small (with as few as 10 users) or big, and always grow or reduce their VPN as needed.
No matter the size of the network, users can depend on real security for their data. SSL VPNs (secure sockets layer virtual private network) can be used on any standard web browser without the need for users to install specialized software, meaning security follows users to any device, running any browser, on any kind of network, with SSL-based data encryption. MegaPath handles initial setup for all customers with ongoing support, including 24/7/365 network monitoring, management and customer support.
Having a truly mobile workforce is an asset. Having a truly mobile, secure workforce is an invaluable asset. Lifehacker.com says that everyone really should be using a VPN, going so far as to state that in the future users may consider VPNs “as important as” an internet connection. The only thing to lose with the implementation of a VPN is a lack of accessibility for employees everywhere, security across the board, and flexibility even in the worst of conditions.
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