Why VPNs Matter for Governments, Part 1

By Nicholas Greene

At their core, government organizations operate in a similar fashion to enterprise organizations. As with the majority of businesses, governments generally consist of a structured hierarchy that is divided into a number of departments, each with its own tasks and responsibilities. Just as an enterprise organization has classified information and corporate data that must be kept close to its chest; a government deals with a high volume of sensitive information, national secrets, and personal information that must be protected at any cost. And where remote access is concerned, both government and enterprise require a means of controlling who can see the data and when.

A desire for well-designed security aside, the two brands of organization share a number of other similarities. Both political bodies and businesses look for methods they can use to save money; new technologies and techniques that can be leveraged for increased employee efficiency and mobility, as well as a reduction in the operating costs of any servers they might run.  With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the factors which make a well-designed VPN attractive to a government organization are virtually identical to the elements which make VPNs important to the enterprise sector.

As already established; chief among these factors is security. In the business sector, a data breach results in a monetary loss– whether it’s as a result of an organization’s damaged reputation, loss of clients, or lawsuits. Where government is concerned, the stakes can be even higher. To that end, VPNs are essential in providing strong encryption designed to defeat some of the most common methods used to sniff out sensitive data enroute, in addition to offering protection when connected to unsecured networks.

Stay tuned for Part 2 next week. 

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