The Importance of Using a VPN to Protect Your Data

Despite the UK’s ongoing efforts to reduce lockdown measures and allow more employers and organisations to bring employees back to their physical workplaces, a large portion of the workforce continues to work remotely.

Given the threat that cyber-criminals continue to pose to organisations of all types and sizes, it is important to implement and deploy a number of general cyber-security measures. The use of a virtual private network (VPN) can be a particularly valuable security investment.

VPN servers can help prevent criminals from being able to access information, such as web traffic. These virtual conduits provide encrypted pathways through which data and internet traffic travel. As such, the eyes of potential cyber-criminals are kept blind.

In addition, VPN servers also cause employees’ devices to appear to have the VPN’s IP address, rather than that of the network an organisation is actually using. As such, cyber-criminals will not be able to track employees’ identities or locations.

For employees who may utilise public Wi-Fi networks, VPNs are of even greater importance. Public Wi-Fi, such as those available at coffee shops or airports, may not only leave users vulnerable to cyber-criminals monitoring the network, but also can be impersonated in an attempt to lure users into exposing information. Fortunately, VPNs will keep not only third-parties, but even the operators of the network from being able to access users’ data.

With so many employees working remotely, there is a far greater amount of potentially sensitive information or classified data travelling back-and-forth online. VPNs present a key element of cyber-security that should be highly considered by all organisations.

 

This blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as compliance or legal advice. In relation to any particular problem which they may have, readers are advised to seek specific advice. Further, the law may have changed since first publication and the reader is cautioned accordingly. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.

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