What is a VPN and How Does it Protect Your Business?

March 7, 2022

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Since 2019, the remote workforce has grown exponentially. In fact, a recent study conducted by Gartner Inc. estimated that remote workers represented 32% of all employees by the end of 2021, up 17% from 2019. The study also shows that trend is expected to continue, suggesting that 36.2 million Americans will work remotely by 2025 compared to just 16.8 million working remotely prior to the COVID-19 pandemic onset. Because of this explosion of remote workers, companies’ digital transformation has ramped up significantly. With that growth came new cybersecurity risks and threats as well.

Fortunately, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) help keep your business’ data secure while allowing remote employees access to internal servers without creating a security breach.

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a security device which establishes a secure connection between your team members’ devices and servers owned by the company, regardless of location. It allows remote team members to safely access applications, data, tools, and resources they need for their jobs. Think of it as a Kevlar vest for your internet connection.

VPNs are relatively simple, yet the work they do is complicated. If your company or business is not already using a VPN service, now may be a good time to consider investing in one. There are additional benefits for businesses using a VPN including:

• Reduces the risk of security breaches and cyber attacks
• Provides user and online anonymity
• Remote data access
• Geographic independence
• Low setup and maintenance costs
• Improved network efficiency

Are there limitations to a VPN?

While VPNs are a great tool, there are a few limitations we also need to mention. Those drawbacks include:

• May limit internet speed
• Premium quality VPNs can be costly
• Cheap or free VPNs are prone to attack as they are not secure
• Can’t access data saved on the computer if it’s not connected to the VPN

Utilizing a VPN in business is unquestionably important and is an excellent tool for businesses of all sizes in allowing you and your team to access company resources safely and securely from remote locations, whether at home or on a business trip.

Additional Protection from Cyber Attacks

It is essential to consider more security measures, as you are still on the internet. Here are some tips businesses can consider to further protect their network from cyber attacks.

• Establish strong passwords
• Put up a strong firewall
• Install antivirus protection
• Enable two-factor or multi-factor authentications
• Regular data backup
• Provide employee security training
• Work with a trusted managed IT services provider