Remote working is fast becoming the new normal in the midst of pandemic – but setting up at home and accessing company systems through an external connection presents its own security problems.
Many companies use virtual private networks (VPNs) to overcome this, which creates a dedicated network that all employees can access remotely and securely.
It’s no surprise tools that streamline operations when working from home are surging in popularity now – remote collaboration tools, virtual meeting software as well as VPNs are all seeing growth.
One VPN provider, NordVPN, has reported recording 165% growth in users due to more and more people working from home.
According to Google Trends, the search term “VPN” has surged since last week.
In the US, it grew by 25%, the UK 20%, Germany 30%, Spain 40%, and Italy, which has suffered the largest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, 55%. These numbers are also reflected in VPN sales.
“We recorded 40% growth last week,” says NordVPN Teams digital privacy expert Daniel Markuson.
“By today, this number has quadrupled as more countries are announcing quarantine and office workers choosing remote work.”
VPNs present several benefits for the security landscape of organisations.