Coronavirus Pushes New Businesses Model
Coronavirus Pushes New Businesses Model
Coronavirus Pushes Businesses to Fast Track Projects like remote work. While many have never even considered a remote or work from home model, it is surely in their sights now. Remote work has likely already been in place for larger enterprises that are well equipped to add the necessary safeguards because of their in-house IT departments. Even so they are still largely caught off guard because most do not have an Emergency Response Plan in place.
Most Companies large and small have some sort of disaster recovery plan but the Coronavirus pandemic seems to have caught the vast majority of us off guard. After 911 US businesses became aware of disaster recovery which would be implemented in the case of a localized manmade or natural catastrophe. Before that it was really just a large enterprise problem but was recognized as an important part of a business continuity plan. Today we are faced with a much larger problem. A problem that could shut down a business for weeks if they are not prepared.
Coronavirus is a global problem.
It is a global emergency that impacts every aspect of daily life and business operations. But what is the small business supposed to do? Many could continue their daily business operations if even on a minimal scale. The problem they face is how do they allow their employees to work remotely from home without compromising the security of their systems and digital assets.
There are solutions – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
One solution would be the cloud. Services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure definitely offer solutions that are viable including cloud workstations that can be accessed from anywhere that has an internet connection. Cloud solutions also pose a large security threat connecting to it requires a secure connection. Many employees are accessing their companies cloud solutions from their home computers without the proper safeguards in place to protect their connections.Remote access to in house technology requires a secure connection as well.
Security solutions often mean implementing [sg_popup id=”1241″ event=”hover”]Virtual Private Networks or VPN’s[/sg_popup]. While originally built for large enterprises with a very complex administrative overhead burdon, newer products were introduced so that the home user could protect their single laptop while away from home and relies on end user self configuration. These consumer products simply do not scale well to business environments where every user has a desktop, a laptop, smartphone and possibly a tablet. This leaves a huge gap that fails to address the needs of small and mid sized businesses.
Complexity is the enemy
As I am sure you know, something as simple as changing a password for Office 365 can be baffling. This leads to very bad practices such as writing passwords down on paper or even texting them. When a task becomes too complex, employees will find a work-around. They just want a way to get their work done without any hassles. So if you can make a process or program easier to use more people will use it. But even if you make it really easy to use how can you tell if they are actually using it like they are supposed to. So far deployment and user compliance has been a huge burden to administration staff. If just one employee turns it off, it leaves your whole system and all your data exposed
Enter the Next Generation VPN
Next-Gen VPN solutions have made it possible for small businesses to implement and monitor remote employee usage. But here is the rub – they still need in-house staff to administer it or use a third party Security Solutions provider who has the talent to do it. But how do you choose the right solution for your business needs from over 300 products on the market?
Lets lay out a list of things you need from a VPN solution to be effective.
- Affordable – It’s got to scale across your business’s device and employee’s personal devices that they use to access work.
- Reliable – It can’t slow down your connection, turn off randomly, or just not work.
- Easy to use – It shouldn’t need a user’s manual. Too many settings and instructions to follow are too frustrating. Your employees need to quietly too it’s job in the background.
- Trustworthy – You can’t have a VPN logging all of your activity and maybe selling it or handing it over to government agencies
- Easy to deploy – You can’t afford to spend the time deploying new apps to everyone
- Auditing – Is everyone actually using it? Are your employees turning it off and leaving your data exposed?
Let us take the complicated task of choosing the right solution for your business with one that has enterprise level functionality with small business needs in mind.
Let us show you how we check all the boxes to solve your remote worker security headaches.
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