About 4 billion people in the world use the Internet. According to statistics, about 1 billion users use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) at least once a month. This billion includes both individuals and employees of companies. How can a VPN be useful for business, what benefits does it bring? And in general – what’s the difference between a corporate VPN connection and a regular one? Let’s find out.
What is a corporate VPN
This is a secure encrypted communication system that provides secure data transmission for all corporate network devices. And while the company’s local network operates within a single building or complex of buildings, a VPN makes it possible to connect to the corporate network from anywhere in the world. Under normal circumstances, neither hackers, government organizations, nor competitors would be able to intercept information that is transmitted through the corporate channel.
What a VPN gives the company and its employees
The main thing is security. Even secure network connections that are checked with firewalls and anti-viruses are not completely secure. Attackers use sophisticated methods to steal valuable information.
A VPN greatly increases the level of protection of user or company information by encrypting data. The more powerful encryption algorithm used, the higher the level of protection of internal corporate documents, user information, employee correspondence, trade secrets, etc. Every company has something to protect. Corporate VPNs offer strong encryption protocols such as OpenVPN or IKEv2 / IPSec. An important nuance – VPN is best used as a supplementary security tool, not the only one.
Remote connection and ability to share information. Divisions of the same company may be scattered all over the country, if not the world. How do employees of that company who are far apart interact? The best way is to connect to a single private network or the cloud, which makes it easier to access important information.
A VPN client gives you a secure connection: the encryption is end-to-end, and the information being transmitted is secure. This is simply necessary in a world where most wireless access points are vulnerable to hacking.
There are about 400 million access points, working in airplanes, restaurants, city central squares, and shopping malls. Every time a user connects to the Internet using such a hotspot, they put their data at risk. Attackers know about most popular connection points and try to control them, which makes it possible to intercept information of other users connected to such a point. Being within the range of public access points, attackers use special programs to intercept the data of users of these WiFi-points. This can be access to social networks, messengers, corporate resources, bank accounts, etc. VPN makes it possible to avoid this danger by remotely connecting to the working “cloud” to work with the files you need at a particular time.
Work with resources and services blocked in different countries. An employee sent on a business trip to China is denied access to most of the well-known and popular web resources like Google, YouTube, and Facebook. Many messengers also do not work in this country.
A similar situation is observed not only in China, but also in many other countries, including Russia. In this case, VPN easily solves the problem of inaccessibility of resources.
Opportunity to reduce costs. Corporate VPN provides an opportunity to use IP telephony, 1C accounting, CRM, intranet corporate resources without the need to deploy your own network infrastructure between the main office, regional offices and employees who work out of the office.
If the company is large, it is worth allocating appropriate personnel to maintain the VPN infrastructure. But this can be common system administrators, and in the case of a VPN is not required, to configure and maintain a virtual private network does not need much time.
Overall, a VPN is an inexpensive and reliable business tool for handling network connections and data transfers. Security, low cost and scalability are the three main characteristics of a modern enterprise VPN.