Working from anywhere during the coronavirus
The last few weeks have marked a pivotal shift in society with the spread of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19. The numbers of infected people continues to rise across the globe and governments are placing heavy restrictions on large gatherings and, in extreme cases, enforcing a home working policy for all businesses. COVID-19 highlights an extremely volatile and unusual situation for everyone, but how does this impact IT systems?
For years, there has been a trend in IT based firms to allow the occasional remote worker. Some, much larger, businesses endorse this practice which has, more often than not, been frowned upon. See, working from home has its advantages along with its disadvantages. For starters, it is ridiculously easy to be distracted by the goings on at home, but by that same token it is also easy to get drawn into your work.
IT staff work to the job, not the clock
For many in IT, remote working is both a boon and a burden. True, it enables a member of staff to be more productive as there is no time wasted on travel. The burden comes on having the ability to remote work in the first place.
Recent events have highlighted, for many, that their existing infrastructure now cannot handle the multitude of users that now, due to the current pandemic, have to work from home in self-isolation. Even when a system is available, added pressure from the extra demand means performance can degrade to such an extent that most simply don’t bother.
With broadband now considered to be “essential” for many working from home should be easy.
All ZyXEL USG and ATP series feature standard VPN technologies in the form of IPSec, IKEv2, SSL and L2TP/IPSec for site-to-site and client-to-site VPN deployments.
For SSL VPN, Zyxel SecuExtender provides auto-client connectivity for Windows and easy client connectivity for Mac systems. For IPSec VPN, Zyxel IPSec VPN client enables fast 3-step connection wizard that highly improve the user experience and let VPN connection is no longer a daunting task.