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Open Haus: Central Management [VIDEO]

by VPNHaus | 11/17/2015 |VPN

By any measure, cyber threats against businesses are escalating in both volume and diversity, as the attackers executing these schemes have become more sophisticated and adept at exploiting vulnerabilities in corporate networks and endpoints.

But despite this wave of new threats, the top foe of network administrators is actually a familiar one – employees themselves. An unaware employee, a vulnerable endpoint and some human error, precipitated by relentless social engineering, is exactly what opportunistic hackers hope for, and this combination can be more dangerous than any external threat alone. Remember, social engineering was effective against the director of the CIA, who was duped by relatively basic techniques, so why wouldn't it work against unassuming employees?

For network administrators, the key to reducing the impact of human error is to implement remote access technology that stops the spread of a breach before it can dramatically affect the rest of the network. To gain that additional control and visibility, network administrators turn to centrally managed VPNs.

 

What VPN Features Are System Administrators Asking For?

How It Works

In today's BYOD workplace environments, where employees are constantly introducing new mobile devices and operating systems, IT administrators must enable remote access and support an assortment of different endpoints. Centrally managed VPNs make this possible, while remaining cost-effective and enhancing employee productivity.

Central management is a core feature of the NCP Secure Enterprise Management. Sitting right in the hub of our remote access VPN solution, the central management function streamlines management of remote access security, making it more likely that the network administrator is able to prevent sensitive corporate data from being exposed, whether unknowingly by employees or by malicious hackers. With this feature, an IT administrator is able to more easily complete a variety of network and remote access tasks, including:

  • Mass rollouts of software updates and new functions
  • Security policy checks
  • Management of VPN client configurations and certificate administration
  • Governance of network and personal firewall policies

A centrally managed VPN is also critically important in the event of a breach. Central management enables an IT administrator to quickly revoke network access, all the way down to the device level. This way, even if employees don't self-report gaps in security, central management bridges the gap and helps keep the network secure.

Given the remote access threats facing businesses, central management is the core feature of VPNs that network administrators need to gain visibility and keep their networks safe.

Open Haus is a monthly series that explores the key features of NCP’s Remote Access VPN.

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