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VPN is old news. So whats next?


Is VPN for remote work enough?


Among those of you who work from home and want to do it over a secure connection, VPN is a popular option. A VPN basically lets you connect to your business resources and data using a secure channel when you are not in the office. But is it keeping up with today’s workloads? As more and more secure mobility strategies are becoming affordable for the common business owner, VPN is slowly becoming less and less prevalent.


Outdated? How exactly?


While VPN solutions offer some security benefits, they also leave a lot of issues unaddressed. Don’t get me wrong, it does come with some benefits like, being able to download the content to your desktop and work offline. This advantage does have some problems associated with it though.


How do you ensure that the data you have downloaded is not leaked and is protected.

What if the endpoint that is storing the data offline get stolen?

It doesn’t exactly solve the ransomware problem. The endpoints are still pretty vulnerable to ransomware and VPN doesn’t do anything to protect against that. If the endpoint you are using gets infected, it does have the ability to affect your entire cooperate network.

Patching and updating the endpoints is still an issue with VPN. It helps you create a tunnel but does nothing to keep the endpoint updated and patched.

Endpoints still need to be managed on individual basis. Everybody knows the pains of VPN and it makes it even harder to troubleshoot when you are working remotely.

Another common issue when relying on VPN is the difficulty of trouble shooting for remote employees. Software like “GoToAssist” or many others that use a client installed on the local endpoint is one option, or you can opt for a screen sharing solution. While these are possibilities, it involves considerable setup as you have to install it manually on each desktop – including employee’s personal devices for BYOD situations. Maintaining it while it’s out of your network isn’t as easy either.


Virtual Desktop a better solution?


Let’s talk about virtual desktops, cloud desktop workspaces, DaaS or VDI, whatever you want to call them. Virtual desktop is becoming very popular among businesses because many benefits over the VPN.


Virtual desktops are a brilliant option for centralized management. Your organization can confidently enable work from home and BYOD programs as your data always stays safe in the data center.


With virtual desktops data never has to leave the datacenter. This eliminates the need to worry about encrypting the hard drive of the endpoint in the event the device is lost or stolen (something that is still required for a secure VPN).


Virtual desktops are much easier to support. When you centralize your desktop in the datacenter, IT staff has a wide arrange of toolsets to support end users.


BYOD? No problem. Employees can use any desktop PC, laptop, Mac, IOS device, android device or even chromebook to log onto to the virtual desktop. Virtual desktops help organizations securely integrate BYOD policy for their employees without having to manage any employee owned machines.


Another advantage of virtual desktops is the use of a golden image. You can install applications on a single desktop and all changes are replicated to all other virtual desktops in that pool. This ensures all users are always running the same exact version of the software.


When considering PCI or HIPAA compliance workloads, the advantages of the desktop staying in the data center are almost endless. How many times have you heard of companies having to pay for identity theft protection due to an employee losing a laptop that had compliant data on it? As time goes on there are more and more guidelines being enforced to ensure companies are keeping their customers safe. When a desktop leaves your premise with data, you are setting yourself up for more risk. VPN does not help in this situation since data is still ultimately downloaded and potentially stored on the endpoints.

VPN has been a solution but is definitely falling behind in terms of features. Businesses are looking for much more as the workforce is becoming more and more mobile. Virtual desktops is emerging is the next norm for supporting remote employees.


VPN has been a solution but is definitely falling behind in terms of features. Businesses are looking for much more as the workforce is becoming more and more mobile. Virtual desktops is emerging is the next norm for supporting remote employees.


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