Over the last five to ten years, workplace cultures have undergone a transformation. More than ever, the workforce is demanding flexibility in their work environments. From hotel rooms, to airports, to the home-offices, employees are logging hours remotely in vast numbers. According to data from Gallup’s State of the American Workplace, 39% of employees surveyed spend some amount of time working remotely.
Enabling remote access to an organization’s server network, data, and systems helps to improve collaboration, connectivity and production. While remote access can be very advantageous for the workforce, a secure platform is necessary in order to mitigate risks involved. There are a variety of options available for businesses to consider. Here are the 3 best ways to provide remote access to your workforce:
VPN Access: A Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Connects the remote user to an office network through a secure Internet connection. Extend the reach of your network to anyone, anywhere, anytime with an encrypted tunnel. VPNs function by encrypting data before it gets to the firewall, and then decrypts once it reaches a private network. This security measure requires users to have a high Internet bandwidth in order to efficiently transfer files.
Windows Remote Desktop Services
As a feature on Windows, you can connect to a computer running Windows from another computer running Windows. Once the user is connected, you can see your computer’s desktop as if you were sitting right there in front. In order to connect remotely to another computer, both computers must be turned on and have a network connection. Permissions must also be set up in order to start a connection.
Remote Access Tools
Access everything you need from applications to files using a variety of Remote Access Tools such as LogMeIn and TeamViewer! Tools such as these give users the ability to control a computer remotely via a smartphone, tablet, or other computer. Using a secure connection facilitated by an app, files never leave a computer. Using a two-factor authentication method – users are assured their data is safeguarded against hacking. Typically Remote Access Tools enable screen-sharing, video conferencing, file transfer, and much more. Remote Access Tools such as LogMeIn empower remote IT professionals to troubleshoot issues quickly and efficiently.
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