Especially for small businesses with remote employees, setting up a virtual private network (VPN) connection can protect your sensitive communications against cyber-security threats.
Step 1: Decide if a VPN is right for your business Decide if a VPN is right for your business. A dedicated phone line may be preferable if you have less than five employees who don't work remotely.
Step 2: Try a web-based VPN provider free trial Sign up for a web-based VPN provider free evaluation to see if a virtual private network is right for your business communications.
TIP: Ask your internet service provider if they offer a VPN connection as an added service.
Step 3: Contact a VPN design/construction consultant Contact a VPN design/construction consultant to tailor a security strategy for your business and advise on VPN hardware and software compatibility.
TIP: VPN design/construction consultant services can be expensive. Ask if they're Microsoft- or Cisco-certified partners so you can be sure you're getting your money's worth.
Step 4: Choose a managed VPN service Choose a managed VPN service that configures and installs software and equipment, and has 24-hour support for remote worker access.
Step 5: Consider adding firewall protection Consider adding firewall protection to the VPN connection. Make sure that the managed VPN provider will install the firewall. Rest easy with all the added security.
FACT: Launched by the Pentagon in 1969, ARPANET was the world's first operational computer network and the forerunner of the internet.