REMOTE ACCESS VPN…Work from Home in the face of the coronavirus pandemic!

Several organizations are whirling to remote work enablement models at an uncommon scale. As organizations navigate through this unchartered territory, corporate and government organizations in the US have recently rolled out Business Continuity plans which includes robust and scalable REMOTE ACCESS VPNs. Implementing a smart information security strategy that ensures critical business data is secure remains a top priority.

A Remote Access VPN is a user-to-private network connection usually for a mobile user wishing to connect to a corporate private network from a remote location. This kind of VPN permits secure, encrypted connections between a corporate private network and remote users.

The million-dollar question is – how are companies securing their VPNs in light of asking the majority of their workforce to work from home? Although a VPN guarantees a high level of security, it does not guarantee 100% protection against cyberattacks or sensitive data protection. Organizations now more than ever before need to adopt best practices while implementing a scalable Remote Access VPN.

Some best practices for implementing a scalable Remote Access VPN include:

  • VPN connections should be enhanced using next generation firewalls
  • Anti-virus software must be installed on remote clients and network servers
  • Unsecured or unmanaged systems with simple or no authentication must not be allowed to make VPN connections to the corporate private network
  • Placing the VPN entry point in a DMZ is highly recommended in order to protect the corporate private network
  • Logging and auditing functions should be enabled on the VPN to record and track network connections, especially unauthorized access attempts & Audit logs should be reviewed regularly
  • Security policies and guidelines on the appropriate use of VPN and network support should be shared with all relevant users to guide and govern their use of the VPN
  • It is highly advisable not to use split tunneling to access the internet or any other insecure network simultaneously during a VPN connection. If split tunneling is used, a firewall and IDS should be used to detect and prevent potential attacks from insecure networks
  • Unnecessary access to internal networks should be restricted and controlled

By implementing the best practices mentioned here, and by carefully choosing the appropriate VPN connection based on your specific business needs, your organization can achieve amazing levels of productivity and information security.

If you are unsure of the adequacy of the security of your Remote Access VPN or if you require a security assessment to identify and mitigate any Remote Access VPN vulnerabilities or risks, please reach out to us at  FutureComNews@fcltd.net or call 817-510-1126.

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