When offices were self-contained and everyone only connected to the internet from their desktop workstation, implementing internet security across your organization was easier.
But that’s simply not the paradigm today, and instead offices are much more mobile with employees connecting to business apps and data from homes, while on the road, and via multiple devices.
That makes securing all those connections much more challenging because of the sheer number of networks involved, many of which are free public hotspots.
Some sobering statistics from Norton’s Wi-Fi Risk report include:
- 55% of global mobile users wouldn’t think twice about sharing information while on a free Wi-Fi.
- 53% of people can’t tell the difference between a secure or unsecure public Wi-Fi network.
- 87% of people admit to taking security risks on public Wi-Fi, such as accessing email or financial information.
That false sense of security and the common habit of grabbing the first free hotspot people can while away from the office can lead to security breaches. It makes any type of network security plan to protect the data that employees are accessing one that has to include security for remote connections from outside your office as well as those inside.
A tool that’s specifically designed for secure connections, no matter where you’re connecting from, is a virtual private network (VPN).
How Does a Virtual Private Network Work?
A VPN acts a secure “middleman” between you and your internet connection, that includes between you and the wireless network you’re connecting to.
Virtual private networks route your device’s internet connection through a private server owned by the VPN service rather than the Wi-Fi network you’re currently using to get online.
The VPN hides your IP address and instead you’ll show up to any sites that are tracking through a cookie as having the IP address of the VPN server, not your current location.
The most important feature of the VPN for a business is that it creates a safe “tunnel” for internet connections that encrypts any traffic, thus keeps it safe from any hackers who may be using the same free hotspot as an employee.
Reasons to Use a VPN for Your Company
Mobile use for just about everything has eclipsed desktops. There are more Google searches from mobile devices, they’re taking more the business workload from desktops daily, and they also are now used for a majority of online payment and banking transactions.
61% of 17 billion online transactions and payments were made using a mobile device.
Cyber criminals have taken notice, and in the first half of 2019, attacks against mobile devices were up 50%.
Here are the benefits to your business when you use a VPN to secure your mobile and desktop internet connections.
Reduces Your Risk of a Data Breach
Data breaches don’t just come through desktops. The main tactic used in data breaches and malware attacks are phishing emails.
Employees don’t only get email on their office workstation these days, it’s often their smartphone where they’re first checking for incoming mail, making the combination of being on an unsecure network and clicking a malicious link on their mobile device a big one for your data security.
Being able to connect through a secure VPN gateway when away from the office, can greatly mitigate the risk of a breach coming through an employee’s mobile traffic.
If your employees have to use work arounds when traveling or working remotely or can’t access critical data when on public Wi-Fi at an airport or hotel for fear of hackers, that can put a serious drag on their ability to work productively.
Using VPN applications that automatically protect any Wi-Fi connection, frees them from worrying about security or having to wait to take care of important work tasks until they’re back at the office.
Enables a Secure Remote Workforce
Companies like Apple and U-Haul have embraced using a remote workforce and many other companies, both small and large, are following suite. Some reasons the remote workforce has been growing are:
- Reduces costs to companies
- Higher productivity
- Fewer sick and personal days taken
- Opens up a wider talent pool
Not having a secure way for your remote workers to connect can cause companies to avoid taking advantage of a remote workforce. A company VPN, solves any security issues by ensuring any remote connections to your business data are secure and encrypted.
Provides Personal Security to Travelers
IP addresses can easily give away the location of a person’s laptop or mobile device, thus the location of the person using them. While they don’t typically pinpoint exact location, they can give a generally vicinity, which in the case of traveling employees could leave them at risk of those with nefarious purposes.
When you use a VPN to connect, you can choose the server you’re connecting through from a VPN provider’s pool of options. This means even if you’re in another country, your IP address could still show a US city and state.
Get Help Securing All Your Network Traffic
Whether you need a firewall set up for your office network or are looking to configure a VPN for your employees to use when away from the office, B-Comp Services can help with expert network security strategies.
Contact us for a free consultation today at 303-282-4934 or through our contact form.