March Feature of the Month: Seamless VPN Roaming

Our Feature of the Month series is back with a new installment: seamless VPN roaming. This ties directly into February’s highlighted feature, integrated support of 3G/LTE cards. An increasingly mobile workforce has made it necessary that remote access solutions allow employees to securely and conveniently connect to their corporate networks when on the go. While traveling by plane, train or automobile, or working from home or satellite offices, individuals need the flexibility to seamlessly transition between any and all communication mediums, such as Wi-Fi, LAN and 3G/4G/LTE cellular networks. IDC predicts that the number of mobile workers in the Americas will grow from 182.5 million in 2010 to 212.1 million in 2015. As this trend continues, demand will climb for solutions capable of maintaining secure remote access and consistent VPN connections across multiple networks and connection types. That is why it is imperative to have a VPN client that can ensure the VPN tunnel remains in place, even if the connection is interrupted. Connection continuity is something that mobile workers rely on now more than ever. It is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity that is only available in conjunction with NCP’s hybrid IPsec / SSL VPN gateway. Want to learn more about NCP’s seamless VPN roaming support? Additional information can be found...

Expert Q&A: Preventing Mobile Hacking: Must You Take Precautions?

*Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared in TechTarget’s SearchNetworking.com  Question: How do I protect my mobile devices from intrusions via the network? How much can I rely on my service provider to defend me from mobile hacking? Rainer Enders, VPN Expert and CTO, Americas, at NCP engineering:  In general, service providers of mobile networks do a good job of keeping the networks secure. The public wireless broadband carrier networks incorporate secure storage, mutual authentication and strong encryption, as well as air link ciphering, to keep data secure. However, it is still a good idea to use a device firewall and VPN technology to protect all mobile device communication. Also, keep in mind that, at times, devices roam into far less secure mobile networks, such as Wi-Fi networks and hotspots. An integrated device firewall and IPsec VPN clients are excellent protection mechanisms....

Conducting Secure Transactions On-the-go with VPNs

By Patrick Oliver Graf, General Manager, NCP engineering The safeguarding of private customer information has become a top priority for many organizations, thanks in no small part to government regulation and industry oversight, as we move toward an increasingly digital world. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) for credit and debit card processing and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the healthcare sector are two prominent examples. Another longstanding privacy compliance standard was set in the banking and finance industry with the passage of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 (GLBA), which applies to all companies under the purview of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). This act mandates that financial services companies protect the security and confidentiality of customers’ private data from “predictable external and internal threats.” Under GLBA, these threats include insider fraud committed by employees, as well as network intrusions perpetrated by cyber criminals, to name a few. The types of data that the legislation requires companies to safeguard includes names, physical and email addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, bank account and credit card information, and a range of other financial data. Simply put, there is a lot of information collected by these organizations that requires protecting, and a well-matured VPN has proven to be the best solution for doing so. VPNs vs. Security Challenges of Online Transactions The core challenge with regards to online financial transactions today is that individuals are using an ever-widening range of devices—from laptops to smartphones to tablet computers, made by different manufacturers running on different versions of Android,...

VPNs and Data Center Efficiency

By Nicholas Greene Data centers have long formed the backbone of our increasingly digital society. Without them, the technological lifeblood of our civilization essentially vanishes altogether. The fact is, we’re already incredibly reliant on computers and networking, and that’s not going to change any time soon. What will change – what is changing – is that we’re using the Internet for more and more, putting greater strain on and making increasingly difficult demands of the infrastructure that supports it. That’s the problem with a vital technology – it tends to experience extremely rapid growth. As a direct result, data centers are starting to grow at exponential rates simply to keep up with all the computing requests. This poses a very specific problem: it’s extremely easy for this rapid expansion to careen out of control, leaving an organization with a convoluted mess of poorly-implemented hardware and an application infrastructure that would frustrate most IT professionals.  Coupled with this is a considerable increase in the cost of operations.  Data centers now require more bandwidth and use more energy than ever before. That’s where VPNs come in. Powerful tools for efficiency in the business world, VPNs are equally valuable in the data center market for a number of reasons. First and foremost, a data center is typically either a self-contained business or one tendril of a larger organization. Proper implementation of a VPN vastly improves the productivity of an organization’s staff in either scenario. As I have discussed before, ease of communication, constant connectivity and increased mobility all lead to a marked increase in productivity, while the security offered by a VPN...

New Android IPsec VPN Clients boost corporate productivity of mobile workers

A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article showed that mobile workers within an organization can actually boost overall corporate productivity. However, retaining security and control of the network, while allowing employees to access it remotely using various mobile devices and operating systems (OS), can be difficult for IT managers and CIOs. Recognizing this challenge, NCP engineering today released two versions of its centrally managed IPsec VPN client suite that support Google’s Android 4.0 and future OS updates. The Android editions of the NCP Secure Enterprise VPN Client don’t require IT to root the employees’ OS, but instead integrate seamlessly with workers’ existing technologies. Furthermore, they are compatible with all common VPN gateways. These benefits, in addition to secure access to all essential business applications, such as e-mail clients, help to maximize the productivity of remote employees. To learn more about how the Android IPsec VPN Clients increase employee productivity, and for more details on the technical communications and security standards they support, check out the full press release...