What is VPN and why does your business need it?
Some of you will be familiar with VPN, others not so.
If you fall in to the latter category, read on…
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the provision of a private network via a public internet connection. In other words, anything you access via a VPN will be secure. Individuals use VPNs to protect their anonymity and provide greater browsing flexibility. The same is true for Business VPN but they are generally used to create a secure business environment in which to work.
Imagine a simple office network. All office PCs are connected, via wires, to a server within the same building. The Server has IT Security provision to protect it from a cyberattack. Job done.
In reality, most business networks are not that straightforward these days. Many people work remotely, and can work ‘on the go’.
Once the simple chain is broken so the risk of a security breach heightens. Using a VPN will significantly reduce this risk.
So how does it work?
Put simply, a VPN provides a secure server that can be accessed from any company laptop, PC, tablet or phone. This enables team members to work securely, anywhere in the world. Not so different from the ‘small office’ scenario that we referred to above. Yes, the technology is involved, but you don’t have to be – just ensure the VPN is in place and off you go.
As most of us will have experienced, many working practices have changed over recent years, with the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the pace rapidly. With many workers now remote it’s vital that businesses keep themselves secure, wherever their workers are situated. VPN helps maintain security as your organisational environment changes.
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