Virtual private networks (VPNs) provide users with secure, seamless remote access to corporate networks and resources when traveling or working remotely. The privacy and integrity of sensitive information are ensured through multi-factor authentication, endpoint system compliance scanning, and encryption of all transmitted data.
A remote secure access strategy promotes collaboration and connectivity between teams, networks, and offices across the world. Connectivity and secure access can easily be achieved with a remote secure access VPN.
A VPN provides a secure, private connection between two points communicating over a network. In an enterprise network, a VPN gateway is a VPN termination point for access connection requests from remote users. When a remote worker has authenticated to this VPN endpoint, the endpoint and remote VPN client set up an encrypted channel between them.
After this setup phase, all traffic flowing over the VPN is encrypted. This makes it impossible for eavesdroppers to view the data flowing over the channel and provides secure connectivity even over untrusted and insecure networks.
An organization should always have a secure remote access strategy in place, as you never know when it will be absolutely needed. Take for example this past year and how the pandemic made remote access a necessity.
The COVID-19 virus outbreak caused major supply-chain disruptions for a wide range of industries around the world. Aerospace companies Airbus and Boeing and automakers Tesla and GM both had to close production facilities, while Apple announced that it may miss its quarterly revenue numbers, all due to an unforeseeable pandemic.
COVID-19 has also resulted in major global employers, including technology companies Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter, requiring their employees and third-party contractors to work from home. This is a prime example of where a proper secure remote access VPN strategy is necessary.
VPNs provide several benefits to an organization looking to support remote workers and sites, including:
The right secure remote access solution provides significant benefits to an organization, but the wrong one can be a major liability. Some common disadvantages of VPN solutions include:
Not every secure remote access solution will be the right fit for your organization. Check Point’s Quantum VPN is integrated into every network firewall, providing secure access to the headquarters network for a remote workforce. For those organizations with many sites and remote workers, a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution, like Harmony Connect, may be the better option. To learn more about Check Point’s remote access solutions and which might be best for your organization, request a demo. You’re also welcome to try our solutions out for yourself with a free trial.