Why every business should use a VPN

Given the rise in remote working due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has there ever been a greater need for companies to use VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) than right now? Companies the world over were literally forced to abruptly send workers home and test their business continuity and remote working strategies, provided they had them in the first place. And many companies that had them hadn’t fully tested them. Crossing your fingers isn’t a good business continuity strategy.

While some businesses, perhaps many, may believe that implementing a VPN is unnecessary given the size of their business and the perceived complexity of deploying a VPN, it’s anything but. There’s really no excuse not to use a VPN and here are some of the many reasons why your company should definitely deploy one.

Productivity—Many remote employees are wary of logging into public networks to access information they need to do their job. They’ve heard the scary stories about malware, ransomware, and other bad actors, and are nervous about potentially broadening and exposing their attack surface. What results is a lack of productivity, which, along with safety, is exactly what remote working is supposed to support.

Clients—Your customers will definitely love to learn that your company is using a VPN. Remember, digital and data security are more than just about you and your employees. If you’re getting data and information from clients, your VPN is ultimately protecting them, as well. And they may begin to question their decision to work with a company that appears to throw caution to the wind.

Affordable—VPNs are very affordable, often less than 20 bucks a month. That’s a small premium to pay for digital security insurance. There are even some free VPN products to use provided you don’t mind seeing a few ads (nothing’s free) and relying on shared servers that will result in slower access.

Security—Not to bury the lead, but VPNs are one of the best ways to protect your company, employees, and mission-critical data against cyberattacks and security breaches. VPNs and the implementation of a password management tool (there are a ton of great ones available) form a great one-two punch to protect against cybercrime.

Simple to use, implement—You just use the same blazing fast, 100% all fiber MetroNet connection to get to the internet, log into your company’s VPN server, and enjoy a safer, more secure remote work experience.

When you decide to deploy VPN service, it’s important to explain to employees exactly why you’re implementing it; don’t downplay it, stress its importance, and keep them accountable to help keep your company, employees, and data safe. Also, provide some security training for your employees; I’d start by forwarding them Monday’s blog.