Due to the pandemic, all non-essential companies have continued to close their doors, a situation that could last for several more weeks. If these recent developments have taught us anything, it is that we must be prepared for any eventuality.
If you are a business owner, what steps are you taking to transition your employees to work from home? Remote network access is critical, pandemic or not, especially if most or all of your workforce conducts business from home. To keep your business afloat, happy customers, and constant productivity and hard-working employees, you must enable remote network access for your employees.
What you need to know: remote access solutions
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There are several ways to establish remote job opportunities for your company. You could:
Choose a complete virtual private network.
Implement remote desktop access.
Set up a cloud computing network and share files between home offices to develop a virtual office setup.
Virtual private network
Good choice for companies that want to offer intermittent or full-time access to remote work solutions; however, remote devices must be properly protected and protocols must be followed.
Encryption protocols make the transfer of information between the VPN and end users quite secure.
The VPN itself is not vulnerable to direct attack.
Unprotected PCs could transfer viruses and malware to the VPN if they are not secure. Connecting to a VPN can make the system vulnerable if employees don’t log out when they finish.
These are more difficult to configure than remote desktop access.
Remote desktop access solutions
You can enable remote desktop access in one of three ways:
Remote access software
Enterprise Remote Desktop
Direct remote access
Remote access software solutions are less secure at their most basic level, with limited centralized control of login and remote employee access. This solution has a higher cost, while direct remote access is free. Still, this is a solid option for smaller companies with intermittent work-from-home needs.
Remote desktop business solutions are more scalable but more difficult to configure. They offer a seamless experience and operate through hosted solutions, which comes at a higher cost; however, ease of configuration is better than having to set up this infrastructure on your own.
Direct remote access requires that proper security protocols are followed to ensure that the system is not vulnerable to attack. It can be difficult to remotely restart a computer that has frozen. Additionally, many hardware issues will need to be addressed on-site.
Remote work in the cloud network
This is a good option if you choose to work from a full virtual office, as these solutions offer additional flexibility and cost benefits. They have some risks because it is difficult to control what employees are doing with their hardware at home.
What to consider
Check out these factors to consider when deciding on a type and provider of remote access and work solutions:
Ease of installation: how long does it take? How much effort will it cause downtime in operations as the transition occurs?
Ease of use: Can your employees and IT easily use this solution?
Cost: How much does each solution cost vs. how much will it save your business?
Security: How safe is the option you are considering? How dependent is the ability of users to follow established protocols?