Virtual private networks (VPNs) are a solution designed to provide encrypted connectivity between a remote worker or site, and the enterprise network. Cloud VPNs enable organizations to transition their VPN hosting to the cloud, to improve access to their existing cloud-based resources.
Remote secure access VPNs are designed to provide a secure connection between a teleworker and the enterprise network. The organization hosts a VPN endpoint on the enterprise network, and remote workers can establish a secure connection to this endpoint and gain access to the corporate network.
However, the dramatic rise in telework driven by the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the limitations of traditional site VPNs. Many organizations discovered that their existing VPN solutions were unable to meet the needs of a mostly or wholly remote workforce. Hardware VPN appliances were overwhelmed, and the inefficient routing of cloud-bound traffic through the headquarters network increased network latency.
As organizations increasingly move their infrastructure to the cloud, it makes sense to transition their VPN solutions to the cloud as well. Cloud VPNs are available in a number of different form factors and provide several benefits compared to traditional site VPNs.
Just like an organization can lease different types of cloud-based infrastructure – such as Software as a Service (SaaS) vs. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – different cloud VPN offerings are available as well.
A main differentiator between the types of cloud VPNs available is the purpose of the VPN:
Cloud VPN enables an organization’s VPN infrastructure to take advantage of the same cloud benefits as other cloud-hosted applications and resources. Some of the primary benefits of cloud VPN include:
As many organizations are planning to support extended or permanent telework programs, it is necessary to invest in the secure remote access solutions required to ensure that remote workers can operate effectively and securely.
With a growing number of off-site workers and cloud-based resources, routing all business traffic through the enterprise network no longer makes sense. Cloud VPNs provide a number of advantages compared to traditional, hardware VPNs.
Check Point offers a wide range of secure remote access solutions. To learn more about the available solutions and their benefits, check out this webinar. You’re also welcome to request a demo to see how Check Point Harmony Connect can help to support and secure your remote workforce.