Due to the pandemic, all non-essential businesses have continued to close their doors – a situation that could drag on for several more weeks. If these recent developments have taught us anything, it is that we should be prepared for any eventuality.
If you own a business, what steps are you taking to transition your employees to a work-from-home environment? Remote network access is critical — pandemic or not — especially when most or all of your employees are conducting business from home. To keep your business running, customers happy, productivity at a consistent level, and employees busy, you need to enable remote network access for your employees.
What you need to know: Remote access solutions
Teleworking not only helps businesses reduce overhead and allows employees to juggle work with personal commitments at their own pace, it facilitates a more productive “work on your own schedule” situation.
There are several ways you can set up remote working opportunities for your business. You could:
Choose a complete Virtual Private Network.
Provide remote desktop access.
Set up a cloud computing network and share files between home offices to set up a virtual office.
Virtual Private Network
Good option for companies that want to offer either temporary access or full-time access to remote work solutions; However, remote devices must be properly secured and protocols followed.
Encryption protocols make the transmission of information between the VPN and end users fairly secure.
The VPN itself is not vulnerable to direct attacks.
Unprotected PCs could transfer viruses and malware to the VPN if not secure. Connecting to a VPN can leave the system vulnerable if employees don’t disconnect when complete.
These are more difficult to set up than remote desktop access.
Remote desktop access solutions
You can enable remote desktop access in three ways:
remote access software
Enterprise remote desktop
Direct remote access
Remote access software solutions are less secure at the most basic level as they have limited centralized control over employee login and remote access. This solution is more expensive, while direct remote access is free. Still, this is a solid choice for smaller businesses with intermittent remote office needs.
Enterprise remote desktop solutions are more scalable but more difficult to set up. They offer a seamless experience and work via hosted solutions, which comes with increased costs; However, the simple setup is better than having to build this infrastructure yourself.
Direct remote access requires compliance with proper security protocols to ensure the system is not vulnerable to attack. It can be difficult to remotely restart a frozen computer. Also, many hardware issues need to be fixed on site.
Remote work in cloud network
This is a good choice if you decide to work from a full virtual office as these solutions offer additional flexibility and cost benefits. They pose some risks as 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:
- Easier installation: How much time is invested? How much effort? Will there be operational downtime during the transition?
- User friendliness: Can your employees and IT department easily use this solution?
- Costs: How much does each solution cost versus how much will it save your business?
- Security: How safe is the option you are considering? How dependent is it on users’ ability to follow specified protocols?
Contact Monmouth Computer Associates
Contact us today for assistance in deciding which solution is best for your needs or for help setting up your remote access solution infrastructure.