VPN vs RDP. What Employers with Remote Employees Need to Know

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VPN vs RDP.  If you are a business owner in 2020 you are inevitably faced with staff that wants the ability to work remotely.  The truth is we are smack dab in what they call the gig economy.  A generation of workers who are used to being able to work from anywhere.

There are pros and cons to having a company that allows remote workers.  The top of the list SECURITY.  There are easy ways to  connects to a network and then there are secure ways to connect.  As a business owner, you need to consult a qualified IT Consultant to figure out from a security perspective what you should do.

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In the meantime, let’s talk about connecting via VPN vs RDP.  Many people consider them the same thing.  They are not.

What is RDP?

RDP is Remote Desktop Protocol.  It will allow a user to remotely access all of the network resources and work remotely on a computer.  Many of the ransomware attacks we have seen in the last 18 months have been the result of attacks on organizations using RDP with little to no security built around it.

What is VPN.

VPN is a Virtual Private Network.  a Virtual Private Network is a secure way in which remote workers can connect the your company’s network using the Internet.

The fact of the matter any company that allows workers to remotely access their network via RDP with a port open to the internet is just asking for trouble.  It isn’t a question of if you will be the victim of a brute force cyber attack (you will be) the question is WHEN it will happen.  If you are going to using RDP you need to wrap a secure VPN tunnel around the RDP to increase security.

The level of ransomware attacks is significantly on the rise.  Having an insecure RDP connection into your organization could literally shut your doors permanently.  If you are currently using an RDP connection bring in a Cyber Security Consultant to look at how it is set up.  This is a business issue that as a business owner should be dealt with as quickly as possible.

If you are looking at adding remote access options to your organizations for your staff.  Do not set up remote access yourself.  Bring in a Cyber Security consultant they can help you figure out the most productive and most secure way to reach your goals as it relates to remote access.

As you can see, VPN vs RDP is not a simple question for business owners to answer.  This is just another area in which business owners are discovering that this new world of cyber threats is affecting how we do business.

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