The ability to allow employees to work remotely has become more and more popular among businesses. It’s a practice that benefits both employees and business owners. A happy workforce is more productive, and the business reduces their office space footprint and saves costs associated with it. With your employees being spread around the city, state, or even country, you need to ensure that the data they send back and forth is secure. Implementing a virtual private network, or VPN, is a way to achieve data security while working out of the office.
You may have heard of virtual private networks, or VPNs, during the debate on net neutrality and the Federal Communications Commission’s verdict. Many plan to thwart the FCC’s plans to give Internet Service Providers the power to sell their users’ browsing habits to advertisers through the use of VPNs. In addition to defying the loss of net neutrality, VPNs can play a key role in your business’ security.
What is a Virtual Private Network?
A virtual private network (VPN) is an extension of your company’s internal network available across the public network. This allows employees to connect remotely, or to connect offices in other parts of town or the country. A VPN is set up by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection. This connection is achieved by using dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocol, or encryption.
What makes a VPN secure?
The security achieved with a virtual private network is through encrypting the data sent between endpoints on the network. Encryption is the process of taking a document and turning it from plaintext to ciphertext. Encryption makes the information unusable without a decryption key. This means if the information were ever intercepted, it would be worthless to anyone who didn’t have the key. The time to manually decipher the code isn’t worth it to the person who stole it.
It might be helpful to picture the data you send as a letter, but instead of just sending your letter unprotected and vulnerable, you’ve locked it in a special box. This box can only be opened by another with the key, so if the box were to be intercepted in transit, the thief wouldn’t be able to open it. As a result, your letter to your friend is still safe.
It is for this reason that a VPN can help protect a business from data loss of any size. A word of warning, however: you will want to utilize a VPN that is suitable for use by an enterprise, capable of securing each device on your network. IT Support Guys can help set your business up with a VPN that suits your needs. Along with VPNs, we can provide a wide array of network security solution for added information safety. To get started, call 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897).