People across Canada and the United States this week are celebrating. First is Canada Day on July 1st, followed closely by Independence Day on July 4th. Although our neighboring countries have taken different paths, these two days help to remind us what united us as nations and put us on a path to create our vibrant democracies.
To give some historical perspective, Canada Day dates back over 150 years to July 1st, 1867, when three separate colonies – The Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick – were combined into a single dominion. And in the U.S., Independence Day took place roughly 100 years earlier, on July 4th, 1776. This day commemorates the Declaration of Independence, when the Continental Congress stated that the thirteen American colonies were no long subject to the rule of King George III, the British monarch.
But we’re not here for a history lesson. Instead, let’s take a lighthearted look at a different kind of independence; the independence that comes from a secure remote access solution tailored to the needs of a modern workforce.
As anyone with an office job knows, the past few months have been pretty chaotic. Social distancing orders and travel restrictions have meant that most offices have remained closed for what seems like a very long time. While the transition to a work from home environment hasn’t been easy, it has shown us how hard IT teams work to protect us in the face of increasingly aggressive cyberattacks.
With that in mind, here are five ways that today’s powerful remote access solutions can help us be a little more independent. #Freedom
1. Freedom from legacy VPNs
Traditional, hardware-based VPNs had their day in the sun. But with most businesses having shifted a large portion of their data and applications to the cloud over the last decade, these dinosaurs have lost some of their relevance. Case in point, when we all started working from home overnight, IT teams quickly discovered how much of a bottleneck these legacy VPNs can be.
With a new breed of flexible, software-based choices on the market, modern remote access solutions that incorporate split tunneling and granular policy controls can be deployed on virtually any server or cloud service. This greatly increases the scalability of the solution to an almost limitless level. That scalability has been critical in recent months, because it has allowed IT teams to cater to a decentralized workforce as needs grew, rather than having to install costly, proprietary equipment.
This all comes back to one of NetMotion’s core beliefs, which is that organizations should demand more from their VPN. It’s absolutely true.
2. Freedom from the burden of disconnects and reauthentication
Mobility-focused VPNs can actually improve user experience. Yes, it’s a crazy concept, but it’s true. Remember how annoying it can be to get a prompt requiring reauthenticate of a user name or password when a VPN that crashes, or to restart an application that times out because the Wi-Fi or cellular connection dropped?
Yep, that’s a thing of the past. “Application persistence” means what it says. No matter how bad a network connection may be – even an employee is moving from hotspot to hotspot or switching between Wi-Fi and cellular networks – a modern remote access solution means there’s no fear of applications timing out or having to reconnect. It’s like magic, but real.
3. Freedom from crappy video conferencing
That brings us to another important advantage of modern remote access solutions.
Conference calls aren’t ready to replace in-person meetings any time soon, but they definitely get under our skin when they don’t work properly. Raise your hand if you’ve experienced frozen, jittery or laggy video calls while working from home. You’re not alone.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. A new breed of mobile VPNs is able to minimize the impact of packet loss and low bandwidth, even when lots of employees are flooding the network with calls, streaming data and accessing files at the same time. This makes video calls sound and appear far better than they ought to. Check out the video below to see the difference.
4. Freedom from trouble tickets
IT teams have an enormous responsibility to facilitate an organization’s operations. In practice, that means giving employees the tools they need to get their jobs done, while providing a safe and secure framework to keep data safe.
When employees run into applications that don’t work or connections that fail, they call upon IT to help. So, it stands to reason that when things are going smoothly, there will be fewer trouble tickets, and everyone will be much happier.
That’s the beauty of a modern VPN, built from the ground up to enable remote access on mobile devices. Connections won’t drop, Applications won’t time out. Users won’t need to reauthenticate as often. And video conferencing will work so much better. These benefits contribute directly to fewer trouble tickets, meaning less time putting out fires and more time on the big picture.
5. Freedom from Shadow IT
And that brings us to the final point in this list. The dreaded menace that is shadow IT.
There’s always a balancing act between an IT or security team’s need to keep things locked down, and their mandate to enable employee productivity. Clamp down too hard and employees will find ways to circumvent security. Too lax, and the risk of a breach increases. With a remote access solution that improves the user experience rather than degrading it, IT teams achieve their goal of keeping workers secure, and workers have little need to find workarounds. It’s a win-win for employees and IT teams alike.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this slightly tongue-in-cheek look at independence from the perspective of NetMotion’s modern VPN.
On that note, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing this week, stay safe and spare a few thoughts for our forebears. Their rebellious “demand more” nature helped put in motion the wonderful independence that we celebrate today.