VPN - Virtual private network
Virtual Private Networks (VPN) use encryption and tunneling to extend your company’s private network across a public network, like the Internet.
By utilizing the right VPN solution, your business can operate between regional offices and remote/roaming users as if directly connected to your private network. VPNs scale easily from 64k to 100G and can combine with your voice network to reduce costs and reduce the number of circuits you need to manage. VPN solutions are often cheaper than MPLS and are an excellent choice for data recovery because they can quickly reroute traffic to a secure data recovery sites during emergencies.
Frequently asked questions
A virtual private network (VPN) allows for a secure connection into a private network over the public network. Although you are connecting from a remote location, the VPN makes the connection work as if you were on a direct connection into our network.
A VPN allows a user in a remote location to access information as if the computer were connected directly into the network. The secure VPN connection keeps confidential data safe as it is transferred across the public network.
If you are surfing the web, you do not need a VPN connection, but it is recommend if you wish to protect any information you are transmitting as well as hiding your location. If you are attempting to connect to company resources from outside the company network such as public wi-fi, then you need to use a VPN connection.
Every employee in a company should be given a VPN account to ensure they can work remotely and securely.
Every company can use a VPN client specific to their VPN server. There are many clients, such as Cisco has their own client for connecting to their server, Watchguard has their own for connecting to their VPN servers, and Windows has a so-called VPN client built in, but it does not work as securely as the others, so is not truely considered a real VPN client.