Michael Kahn

Business Solutions Group has been serving the Mt. Prospect area since 2009, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

A Brief Introduction (No, Really) to Virtual Private Networking

A Brief Introduction (No, Really) to Virtual Private Networking

Any business should list its priorities as follows:

#1 - Security
#2 - Everything Else

This means that, should an employee be working from a location that isn’t in your office, you need to have something in place so they can do so without compromising your security. One very effective option to leverage is a virtual private network (VPN) solution.

What is a VPN?

So, you have your business’ network, and you have whatever device you plan to work remotely on. We’ll assume it’s a laptop. This laptop is going to have to connect to the business’ network in order to be productive.

Let’s shift gears to an extended metaphor. Just as your data is crucial to your business, a country’s political representatives are key to the nation’s operations. Unfortunately, countries aren’t immune to criminal behavior, either. So whenever there’s a credible threat, there are serious security measures taken to protect the political representative. Not only is this representative carried in protected methods of transportation, they will even be disguised to obscure their identity - so if a threat actor sees the representative, the actor won’t know what to do with them.

This is an overly dramatized representation of how a VPN functions. Instead of a politician being safely ferried from one place to another, your data is securely transmitted in a virtual tunnel. With one entrance and one exit, this tunnel keeps your data from being intercepted - and even if it were somehow to be breached, the data is still encrypted, making it indecipherable.

This capability to access data, regardless of how sensitive it is, without leaving it vulnerable is a vastly important one today - especially given how crucial productivity is to a business. A VPN fundamentally allows this productivity to take place outside of the office, wherever that happens to be.

Ready to Implement a VPN Solution?

Business Solutions Group can help your business adopt a VPN worthy of the enterprise, so you and your employees can work while out and about, without the fear of attack. To learn more, give us a call at 866.546.1004.

 

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