What are the key capabilities of business endpoint security virtual private networks (VPNs)? Why do they matter to enterprise cybersecurity efforts and policies?
Endpoint security VPNs, or VPNs provided by solution vendors, constitute a new layer of protection for organizations. In fact, VPNs may represent a major security innovation in the cloud and remote workflow era.
What do endpoint security VPNs do? To put it simply, they provide a secure connection between a less secure network and a more secure one; devices connecting on public networks can connect to corporate resources as if they connected on a private network. Thus, even if the user tried to access your data from a coffee shop, VPNs ensure a consistent security layer.
But what can endpoint security VPNs actually offer your enterprise? Here, we present the four key capabilities of endpoint security VPNs.
4 Key Capabilities of Endpoint Security VPNs
1. Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
A key endpoint protection capability, data loss prevention detects suspicious data traffic moving into and out of the network. It can monitor and block sensitive data in use, in motion, or at rest; therefore DLP helps prevent data leaks, whether accidental or malicious.
VPNs allow employees to send and receive data even on shared networks with private network security—so your data loss prevention works on remote devices. Additionally, VPNs help to prevent data interception through encryption.
2. Simplified User Experience
Of course, another benefit of deploying VPNs through your endpoint security is the improved user experience. After all, using a VPN enables your users to connect securely from any device; this enables bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) policies that facilitate productivity and comfort.
Furthermore, VPNs secure remote access, enabling secure communications and workflows even while traveling or working remotely. In other words, these tools enable the secure and private access to corporate data from anywhere.
Thus, VPNs facilitate the growth of remote workforces, providing an opportunity for continued scaling and growth. Through it, your enterprise can reach talent once considered out of reach to bring into the workforce securely.
3. Greater Visibility
As enterprise IT environments continue to expand, so too do the devices and users connecting to them. This makes maintaining visibility over all of these users and devices a difficult challenge; hackers can use this lack of visibility to conceal their movements, planted dwelling threats, or subvert authentication protocols.
Increased visibility, especially that which also provides context and control, proves vital to modern endpoint security. Therefore, VPNs can help your enterprise continuously monitor device behaviors to look for discrepancies and possible takeovers. Moreover, VPNs can help your enterprise detect, block, and remediate advanced malware across all endpoints.
4. Authentication and Other Security Capabilities
Endpoint security VPNs offer threat prevention, incident analysis, and data security, among other cybersecurity capabilities. Additionally, VPNs provide access controls and multifactor authentication support, blurring the lines between endpoint protection and identity management. This helps to ensure the privacy and integrity of sensitive information even across remote networks.
You can learn more about VPNs in our Endpoint Security Buyer’s Guide. We cover the key capabilities and solution providers in detail.
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