At the start of the pandemic, companies hastily threw together makeshift remote setups without knowing the answer to an important question: Can I safely share company data with employees who are working remotely?
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world hard. Facing lockdowns and layoffs, people everywhere had to grapple with an unprecedented change in their way of life. Businesses large and small faced difficult decisions and health regulations, forcing them to modify the way they do business overnight. For small companies, scrambling to keep their businesses operational, remote work became the quick fix. As a result, reports of cyber-security attacks increased dramatically.
To make matters worse, in the context of the worldwide health emergency, hackers increasingly breach government data and that of thousands of companies. It is evident that "off the shelf" antivirus and anti-malware software is no longer enough, especially when data is accessed beyond office walls. What steps can a small business take to keep all its hard-earned data and processes safe? You must make sure all your employees use a VPN for all remote access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is your network within the network. Internet data traffic is encrypted and sent to a VPN server. The VPN server instantly hides your IP address, identity and location while further encrypting your data, creating a secure and practically invisible virtual private network. Whether you and your employees are in the office, at home, on a laptop at the airport or on a cell phone in the woods, a VPN will provide you with anonymity and security wherever you can access a WiFi signal. Your VPN is your own private and secure "Internet tunnel" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunneling_protocol), allowing you to access your network incognito. All online company activities are accessed through the VPN. The information is encrypted when sent and decrypted upon arrival. Without VPN access, anyone hacking into the tunnel will just see gibberish.
Beyond the privacy and security benefits afforded by a Digiguard Cyber Security® VPN, other features include:
All businesses increasingly rely on technology in so many different ways. Medical and law practices (having strict data compliance requirements), manufacturing, not-for-profit organizations, retail and service Industries – must all keep up with the changes to technology and the security risks that accompany them. Businesses are required by law to protect the personal and financial data they collect.
Hackers continue to get better at their jobs, and businesses must do everything they can to stay one step ahead of them. The FBI (https://www.fbi.gov) has reported a 400% increase in small business cybercrime reports since the start of the pandemic. A VPN is a crucial security layer for your business. We've got your back and specialize in business security, including VPN solutions for small and midsized companies. With Digiguard Cyber Security® providing your small business with its own secure, accessible and affordable virtual private network setup, your company will be armed and ready to share data in a mobile work environment.
Call Digiguard Cyber Security® today at 833-33-CYBER (833-332-9237) to start protecting your company's data, wherever you may be working.