What is a Remote Access VPN?

With the rise of the mobile workforce and cloud transformation, there is an increased adoption of remote workers and many companies are moving to cloud infrastructures. A remote access VPN gives employees access to secure connection with a remote computer network and they can access resources on the network as if they were directly plugged into the network’s servers.

Perimeter 81’s remote access VPN gives organizations the ability to maintain and protect their private cloud resources.

The Increasing Adoption of the Cloud & Remote Workforce

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More and more organizations are embracing remote workers and transforming from on-premises to the cloud. The idea of a more user centric networks is changing the traditional network we once knew. While people are now working more remotely from home, cafes, as well as around the world the standard, hardware-based security appliances we’ve depended on are no longer adequate in securing remote and on-premise access.

Until recently, organizations adopted physical network security products that were site-centric. In a site-centric network, employees must be based at the headquarters of the organization in order to access security services or the cloud environment. This outdated technology leads to high latency, lack of productivity, technical issues, and forced to work with hardware distributors. There is no segmentation, network visibility within the organization's network. Cloud environments and SaaS services are not being properly protected and are sometimes exposed to the public internet.

In addition to being more vulnerable to cyber attacks, traditional technology solutions tend to be very expensive, lack of different integrations with SaaS and cloud services, and are extremely challenging to implement internally. Outdated hardware services, as well as open source consumer VPN solutions tends to limit scalability and provides weak network visibility due to the massive amount of manual configuration and overhead involved.

Organizations are increasingly adopting the use of remote workers and many companies are moving their entire infrastructure and resource to the cloud. They are implementing cloud services such as AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, and more. Majority of organizations companies are still using the same site-centric and hardware-based network security appliances that we’ve relied on for the past 30 years, and these are no longer adequate in securing remote and on-premise access.

Secure Network Access on BYOD

More and more employees are using “bring your own device” (BYOD), personal devices with many applications to access corporate data. Some examples include iPhones, iPads, Android devices, BlackBerries and more. These devices require stronger levels of endpoint security, point-to-point encryption and more. Security can be for data at rest in the device itself, secure access to data in the enterprise, and encryption for data in motion between the enterprise and the device.

BYOD has become a huge trend amongst enterprises, with nearly 1/3 of employees using personal devices at workplaces worldwide. A single BYOD can provide several key benefits to enterprises, including increased productivity, reduced IT and operating costs, better mobility for employees, and higher appeal when it comes to hiring and retaining employees. However, with these benefits comes an increased mobile security risk, as BYOD can lead to data breaches and increased liability for the organization.

How Does a Remote Access VPN Work?

Remote Access VPNs enable network security and compliance for organizations that have transitioned to the public cloud or hybrid cloud environments using SSL or Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), the secure network protocol suite that authenticates and encrypts data at the IP Packet Layer. Establishing virtual tunneled connections with IPsec between network resources and an external device and user requires two main components: Perimeter 81’s VPN client software and secure network access gateway.

To create a Remote Access VPN tunnel, the IPsec protocol negotiates security associations (SA) with the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) management protocol to create an authenticated and secure communication channel between a user, device and network resources.

IPsec VPN mutual negotiation exchanges keys for end-to-end encryption occurring in two phases. First, users with their devices establish a secure channel that negotiates the IPsec security association (SA). Second, users and devices negotiate the IPsec SA for authenticating traffic that will flow through the tunnel.

The IP traffic that flows between the two components pass between the Perimeter 81 private gateway and the client thereby creating an IPsec tunnel to establish a secure VPN communications tunnel. The private tunnel and the data traveling over any network, public or private, is encrypted, keeping all data private and secure.

Remote Access VPN Benefits:

Secures the Cloud
While the cloud provider offers the network infrastructure, it does not address access point security into the network. In this ‘shared responsibility model’, it is up to the consumer to secure access on top of the cloud environment.
Enables Remote Access
Employees connect from multiple devices, from various locations during all hours of the night and day. A VPN as a Service allows employees to securely access the organization’s private network through public networks and even share data remotely.
Encrypts Transmitted Data
The combination of data encryption and tunneling protocols means that all transmitted data, regardless of device or location, is completely encrypted. This level of security ensures that only authorized connections are established.
Perimeter 81’s VPN as a Service provides organizations with:

Our VPN as a Service includes four main components:

1
A unified cloud management platform
where IT personnel can manage their team, network and permissions, and monitor network activity. The interface is extremely easy-to-use and offers built-in Single Sign-On integration, Two-Factor Authentication and mobile support.
2
A multi-tenant cloud
where we create multiple networks, segmented based on different permissions. Each one of the networks can be interconnected, either with a centrally based office and native firewalls running within the office or to cloud services through IP whitelisting.
3
Easy-to-use agents
which can be installed either on mobile or laptop devices, offering employees single-click access to any local network or cloud-based resource and providing them with a unified security experience, regardless of where they are.
4
Zero Trust agentless application access
which employs multiple layers of user trust and device trust policy validation to authorize employees before granting them swift access to applications in a session that is fully audited and can be recorded and monitored. This secures the network, employees, and applications using Zero Trust guidelines, and isolates the applications from the network at all times.

What a Remote Access VPN Can Do for Your Business

Protect cloud environments, staging servers and company databases with total ease.

Access and Security for BYOD Devices

A Remote Access VPN allows your employees to encrypt and secure their online traffic— no matter where in the world they’re browsing from.

International Quality Assurance Testing

With a VPN as a Service, your QA team can easily change their online geo-location and check the quality of your product in your key international markets.

Simple Automatic IP Whitelisting

Block out threats and grant access to trusted sources by assigning static IP addresses and automatically whitelisting IPs.

Optimize Your International Search Rankings

With a VPN as a Service, you can easily view, monitor and manage your ads and relevant keywords internationally.

Stay Ahead of Your Competition

Deliver different content to different users based on their geographic location. Customize your site with native text, images and currency and increase your conversion rate.

Access Applications, VoIP Services and More

With a VPN as a Service, you can mask your actual location and bypass online censorship allowing you to access VoIP apps, social media networks, websites, and more.

Perimeter 81’s VPN as a Service Features:

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