The current coronavirus pandemic has led to organisations having to develop new strategies allowing their employees to continue working but now from home, and as effectively as possible. With the increase of remote workers, we are now starting to see an increase in online security threats as a result.
Remote access can be handled through protocols such as Windows remote desktop (also known as Windows RDP)– allowing users to access a remote desktop within the company’s internal network. The drawback of this platform is that it allows your employees to access your company’s network by opening your network to the entire internet. Thus increasing the risk of security breaches.
Thankfully there is a way to allow organisations to provide employees secure access to company network resources without leaving it vulnerable and open to security attacks. This is done through VPN technology (Virtual Private Networks).
More about VPN Systems
A VPN – short for Virtual private network provides a secure link between employees and businesses by encrypting and scanning data. Dependent on the method of termination used and in conjunction with a UTM device there are further security benefits to be made. For e.g. malicious software such as viruses can be detected and mitigated.
To avoid security risks companies should ensure they are set up to capture metrics about the performance and availability of their VPN services. Ask yourself “When was the last time you took the time to look at your VPN logs?” This process will allow you to detect any compromises of VPN connections and accounts. In principle, now is the time where it is easier to spot compromised accounts, with employees working from home you should be able to spot any irregular VPN usage pattern for each user working from home.
Here’s a deeper look at how a VPN (Virtual private network) works. A VPN uses encryption and other security mechanisms to scramble (otherwise known as encrypting) data when it is sent over a public network. The encryption process now makes the data unreadable. A strong VPN will ensure that only authorised users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted.
A VPN will stop cyber criminals seeing your company’s remote service on the internet, therefore reducing risk of interception of communications between your employees and your network.
Ensure you are protecting your devices whether it is your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Devices can be prime targets for cyber criminals as soon as you access the internet even more so when you are on a public network. A VPN will protect the data you send and receive on your device putting a stop to hackers watching your every move.
With many VPN solutions out there make sure you do your homework to choose the right one for your needs. Regardless of which provider you choose, a VPN, in conjunction with other technology will ensure that you comply with security standards. Contact Nouveau Solutions today where we can offer support for VPN enquiries and challenges.
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Earlier this month our Managing Director, Andy Stevens, spoke to Comms Dealer about the recent of acquisition of Nouveau Solutions by VINCI Energies – a strategic decision that has led the business to be in a stronger position than ever before.
Reliving our journey from our humble beginnings to our establishment as an industry-leading IT Managed Services Company. We’ve selected a few of our highlights from Andy’s interview below – you can read the full article here.
“Our first big deal in 1995 brought money into the business and enabled us to start building a team and a regular client base, key milestones include achieving Microsoft Gold competency, Fortinet Platinum Partner, moving offices, achieving ISO27001 and 9001 and creating our own SaaS platform
We have built a SIEM proposition and proactive monitoring team, our security side of the business has more than quadrupled. We have also seen a reduction in traditional infrastructure as businesses move to the cloud and associated services. Current focus areas also include SD-WAN, vulnerability management, Security as a Service and building out our cloud stack.”
Choosing the right buyer
“The initial discussions on a possible sale began about a year ago… it was a case of understanding what we did, whether there was a fit and if there was a personal ambition for this to happen. There was no rush nor pressure. But as we continued to grow organically we felt that we could accelerate our growth through the right acquisition.
And, after our best year of trading, we still recognised the expansion we wanted would not come simply through organic growth alone. We didn’t want to sell our business to a private equity firm. We wanted to ensure that our existing team were on board and continue to support our growth moving forwards.”
Meeting the needs of our team
“We were not looking at the time we were approached by VINCI, however, after considerable due diligence and many conversations it became apparent that this could be a viable option which would give us what we personally wanted as well as meeting the needs and ambitions of our staff.
Around 20 per cent of our team have been with us for 10-plus years, we have a low staff turnover, practically no sickness and have built a great positive workplace.”
A time to maximise opportunities
“[VINCI Energies’ acquisition] in effect gives us a whole new channel opportunity, the support of VINCI will make Nouveau a more commercial proposition for new clients with sizeable deals. Our main priorities now are to transition the business and maximise the opportunities available to us through building relationships with other business units, while not taking our eye off the ball.”
Nouveau Solutions is a specialist IT Managed Services Company with a strategic focus on delivering cloud, infrastructure, compliance, network, and security solutions. We focus on making the complex simple, delivering results for your organisation.
To discuss how we can help your business maximise its use of technology to harness growth – speak to one of our IT consultants today on 01189 186822.