A Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection can be a fantastic resource for businesses, promoting data security as well as improving communication between departments and sites. VPN helps in creating a Private Internet Connection which only authorized people can access.
Determining whether a Virtual Private Network connection suits your business can be confusing, especially when there’s more than one type of connection!
In this article, we’re going to explain exactly what a Virtual Private Network is, what types there are, and how to go about integrating one within your own business.
A Virtual Private Network connection is essentially a secure network between several select locations, users or buildings that have internet circuits. VPN connections enable you to personalize who can access data, while ensuring that data is accessed and transferred very securely.
This translates into a secure, personalized network that can receive and transmit data in real-time. VPN connections are essential investments for businesses that deal with sensitive or confidential data (which is nearly EVERY business, right?)
They are also becoming more affordable, in the past, private internet connections meant physical testing, installation as well as requiring constant maintenance. VPN’s however offer a higher level of flexibility and affordability.
Private networks are the traditional way of privatizing internet use. They work by extending the role of corporate intranets, incorporating the networks of chosen organizations.
A private network can be more technical to set up, you will have to establish a leased line or MPLS network between organization networks to allow data to be transferred securely.
This means paying monthly for the line; this cost can be split between organizations as it can be quite high depending on your area. Private networks automatically allow all organizations equal access to network-connected resources (like printers, documents, etc.)
Moderating access between organizations is an important step and will entail a controlled level of security on individual corporate networks to ensure that data transfer and data accessed is appropriately used at all times.
Instead of relying on leased lines between organizations, VPN’s utilize the internet as a ready-made framework for communication between enterprise sites or related organizations.
This might seem a little counterintuitive; the internet already allows for communication without having to pay an additional cost for a VPN. What makes VPNs unique and equally as secure as a private network, is its use of encryption and authentication software.
By heavily encrypting data, VPNs allow for its secure transfer, when the data is received, it is automatically put through an authentication software to promote data security throughout the exchange.
VPNs make integrating extra organizations simple, instead of having to establish an extra leased line, VPNs allow for organizations or sites to simply link up online to the VPN, routing VPN traffic between networks simply and effectively.
In relying on software over physical lines, VPNs are a more flexible, and affordable option for businesses.
Now we’ve covered exactly what a private internet connection is, as well as discussed, the two different types of connections, we’re now going to explain what steps you need to take to integrate a private internet connection into your business.
Try listing exactly what you’re looking for and consider your budget. Are your partner organizations willing to pay to rent a physical line?
Is a VPN more suitable for your business model? To decide exactly which category to choose as well as which type of VPN might be best, consider what level of security you need, what protocols the software needs, as well as what kind of maintenance you can afford.
It’s also important to consider company expansion– are you still coalescing with organizations, and is it likely you will expand?
Once you’ve reviewed the above factors considering your budget, you should be left with a definite category of private internet connection.
From here, it’s important to choose exactly what kind of technology architecture suits your business.
We’d advise consulting with the technology experts at CarrierBid and heavily researching before selecting an architecture, as it’s easy to get lost in the details and opt for the wrong choice.
Next, is security standard; this is fairly simple and depends on the category of data you’re dealing with, finally, choose a protocol.
This is the fun bit. Now you’ve done your research and know exactly what you’re looking for, you can use CarrierBid to approach either hardware and/or software vendors to fulfill your criteria.
It’s important to coalesce before entering a definite contract to ensure that the vendor is appropriate for your business model.
Now you have in-depth knowledge as well as your vendor hired and ready to go, it’s time to prepare your business for change.
Start by creating a schedule for installation, next, address employee training, and client changeover (if applicable).
Ensure that you have maintenance planned into this, allocate employees monitoring roles, and ensure that there are clear roles within your business for troubleshooting.
Finally, run through test and acceptance procedures to ensure your business is well prepared.
A private internet connection can be an invaluable tool in integrating multiple organizations and promoting communication between sites or other enterprises.
By opting for a private network, your business secures data in a far more reliable way than the internet alone can ever offer.
We hope this article has helped clarify some of the ambiguities around setting up a powerful private internet connection, as well as provided information on what to look for when hiring a vendor.