How VPNs work

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Does my organization need this?

If you have workers needing to access data, or resources, such as shared files or even a printer, from another location, you may be well-served by deploying a secure, modern VPN. 

Why it matters

Accessing data from any location, securely, is essential in a modern workforce.

What does it look like?

A typical VPN deployment looks like a firewall, such as a Sophos XG series device deployed on your network as the "edge" equipment. This device not only provides basic internet access to your users on the inside of your network, enabling the VPN service permits users on the outside of your network to access resources such as files, applications and printers on the inside of your network. In our security and hosting work, we are increasingly seeing a trend towards "locking down" access to various third party services to a limited IP address. For example, let's say you use a third party, hosted service to access your accounting system. You may choose to constrain access to that platform from only the "work network". But what happens if you're working from home due to COVID, or even something as pedestrian as a "snow day"? Well, no worries, simply connect into your office via VPN and then access the third party service. It will look to the third party that you are on your work network. 

What does the investment look like?

Virtual Private Network, VPN, access is typically a service provided by your edge networking equipment, though sometimes a VPN may be setup in conjunction with a network server. The manner in which you deploy a VPN impacts the investment required.

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