When it comes to online privacy and computer security for businesses, the best approach is multi-layered – and a key component in multi-layered online security is online encryption. Typically delivered through a VPN solution, online encryption software can help to keep business communication private online.
There are, of course, many solutions on the market to choose from; the issue, however, is that many of these solutions are not built with small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in mind. Complex, enterprise-grade online encryption software, for example, is often costly and out of reach for most SMBs. These solutions require a considerable amount of configuration to set up, often requiring ongoing management to ensure optimal performance (a drain on an SMBs’ resources) and a dedicated IT department (something which most SMBs don’t have) to ensure compliance and to manage employee devices. In addition to this, these solutions may not necessarily fit seamlessly into the rest of the business’ security infrastructure.
First and foremost, consumer-grade VPN solutions do not provide any form of centralised device management and user authentication; each employee has their own login credentials and might use weak passwords or passwords they use elsewhere. If their log in credentials are compromised, anyone can access the business’ communications and you will have no idea of who is actually using the VPN.
Finally, if you want to add more devices to the VPN solution, more log in credentials need to be created and shared, and employees need to be trained on how to use it properly. Furthermore, employees might use the VPN solution for things outside of the business’ prescribed functions. All of this leads to a maintenance and management nightmare and most SMBs do not have the time or an in-house IT administrator or IT department to “sort it out”.
The problems around enterprise-grade VPNs and consumer-grade VPNs are clear – and with the current market solutions failing to meet the needs of SMBs, some SMBs are being forced to adapt or administer unsuitable solutions, combining general online encryption solutions to meet business needs. The vast majority for SMBs, however, instead “do nothing” – and do not have online encryption in place to protect business communications and ensure privacy online.
As cyber attacks become more common and complex, businesses need a solution that is not only flexible, scalable and easily managed which can also deliver enterprise-grade online encryption to protect business data, devices and employee privacy online, all with minimal input and without impeding business operations.
Privatise Online Encryption Software is engineered specifically for small and medium-sized businesses, removing the complexity of integrating general VPN solutions, and empowers SMB owners with the exact functionality they need to ensure robust data privacy and security.
As the solution has been designed to protect SMBs, it does not need to be modified or altered in any way to meet business needs. Every device on the network is managed through a single, centralised management portal, providing complete transparency over what devices are connected to and using the VPN; sophisticated, built-in PKI authentication allows you to manage the authentication and log in of devices from a central master account, meaning your employees don’t need to remember usernames or passwords, and new devices can be easily added as and when necessary, providing a flexible and scalable business VPN solution.