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NoVPN Adds a Fork in the Road to Remote Work in 2020

Chloe Dupuis Published on Apr 14,2020
NoVPN Adds a Fork in the Road to Remote Work in 2020
What do your Remote-Employees Really Need to be productive? Everyone's at home and VPN usage is soaring with the first two weeks of March 2020 showing a 53% increase in the US, a trend that’s observable across countries on lockdown due to the pandemic. Are VPNs always the solution for your SME remote-work requirements?



VPN overview

A virtual private network (VPN) connects devices to the internet through a VPN server at another location; users connect to the VPN server via an encrypted tunnel before accessing the internet or a corporate network. This is particularly useful for SMEs looking to unite all offices to one secured network, or for users looking to access geo-restricted Netflix content, for instance. Today, employees are working from home more than ever and SME VPN deployment is being put to the test.


Supporting the SME remote work surge

Although SMEs might be turning to VPNs first to manage the increase in remote work, that may not be the right approach. This is especially the case when employees working remotely use personal devices to connect to corporate networks, and when they only need to access to a few specific apps to be productive.

When a user connects to a company VPN, traffic from the user’s device is directed to and from the company network, allowing applications on the device to access the company network as well. For secured, IT-managed company devices, this isn’t usually a concern. However, more companies are allowing employees to work remotely from their personal devices, a policy which Forbes Technology Council member and BeyondTrust CTO/CISO Morey Haber says is “high risk with an undesirable attack vector when permitting access into [the corporate] environment.” Personal devices generally have lower levels of malware defense, and are not maintained under the corporate IT authority, leaving them potentially more vulnerable and making company networks susceptible to attack. 

In any case, remote workers don’t often need access to all that comes with a company VPN connection, which includes everything from company printers and shared files to servers and databases. Rarely, for example, do they need access to company printers from home, and shared files have various other options for remote access, like cloud storage and app-based access. As a result, when your SME should use VPNs for remote work, and what for, really depends on what your employees need to get their work done. Enter: NoVPN.


What is NoVPN?

Introduced last week,  Cameyo NoVPN‘s approach allows users to access the internally-hosted applications they need – remotely – via their web browser and a dedicated URL. In other words, as outlined in the figure below, remote workers go to a URL provided by their IT team, which starts an HTML5-rendered RDP (remote desktop protocol) session of the company-hosted web browser. This, in turn, takes the authenticated employee to the company’s web app or portal page, where everything that user needs to work is available, and data transfers to and from the user’s device are controlled.



By accessing company-hosted apps through a browser, users essentially keep their devices separate from the company network. And, for those workers who only need access to a few apps to work, NoVPN offers a simple way for users to access these apps in company-hosted browsers, while using their regular web browser for all other internet access. Together, these features mean a more secure connection for your business and faster internet access for your users, respectively.

While Cameyo does advertise that they are “eliminating VPNs for remote work”, NoVPN’s approach can’t be used in every case, and SMEs will always have a need for VPNs (and VDIs – virtual desktop infrastructures – for that matter). It’s about collaboration, not competition.


Collaboration. Always.

Whether your SME should use VDIs, VPNs, or an approach like NoVPN to allow your remote employees to access their work depends on the tasks and the access requirements of the workers in question. There is no one solution to keeping up with the work-from-home surge we’re facing, and the optimal remote-work plan will include each of these approaches where they provide the most advantages.

7Clouds - Contact us today to build a custom remote-work infrastructure for your business that includes our secured VPN services where you need them, and offers the best combination of other remote-access approaches for your specific requirements.




References

Atlas VPN, VPN usage in Italy rockets by 112% and 53% in the US, amidst coronavirus outbreak. April 2020.
Cameyo, Cameyo NoVPN. April 2020.
Eyal Dotan, Eliminating VPNs for more secure, productive remote work. April 2020.
Morey Haber, The Dangers Of Using A VPN On Home Computers For Work And What To Do Instead. January 2020.
Featured Image: Pixabay

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