LE VPN, a must for VSEs/SMBs

In recent years, the importance of the digital in our professional life has significantly increased the exchange of confidential data.

One of the first steps in protecting these Internet exchanges for businesses was with VPN technologies. This system makes it possible to establish a direct, secure and encrypted connection between remote computer devices via public telecommunications networks. How can VPN offerings be adapted to new challenges such as digital sovereignty and respect for privacy?

Respond to the realities on the ground of VSEs/SMEs

These days, using a VPN isn’t that easy anymore. This requires either technical skills or specialized solutions. However, VSEs/SMEs do not have the means to integrate competent resources into cybersecurity. They are looking for a service that requires little configuration and is easily adaptable to their needs (teleworking, one-off remote missions, etc.). The VSE/SME market in France represents almost 600,000 companies with 2 to 20 employees (1). So there needs to be a concrete response so that they can work in a trustworthy environment via next-generation VPNs. This is a major competitive and economic challenge for French companies.

Rethink traditional VPN

Working and communicating from anywhere and anytime from any computing device has very quickly become a universal application and recognized by everyone. These new uses require the security, control and protection of exchanges and digital remote access, while at the same time protecting the internal resources of a company or, for example, a home.

However, this movement has exposed the security limitations of existing VPNs and highlighted a clear incompatibility between the proper functioning of a VPN and the cloud. Cyber ​​criminals are increasingly exploiting these vulnerabilities to gain access to corporate network resources (2). Configuration and maintenance of the VPN are essential for it to fulfill its role of protecting against computer threats. Since these actions are not systematic, VPN technologies are compromised and are among the top 5 infection vectors for computer systems. Despite constant optimization of the solutions, current VPNs are reaching their limits. They are not designed to handle the massive amounts of data being exchanged. This leads to significant slowdowns that affect the quality of working conditions. In addition, the offers that are on the market today are mostly of non-European origin. Therefore, they are not subject to the European directives and standards that exist to protect the user. Anyone sensitive to the issue of data protection should be able to choose a solution that respects privacy and digital sovereignty.

Go for next-gen VPNs

From now on, the goal is to design a network with the highest level of security, allowing two computer devices to be connected without intermediaries for total confidentiality. The quality and stability of the exchange would depend on their own internet speed. MFA methods would be required to authorize access to the service. The connection would be established via a VPN that would be exclusively available to them during their communication time, protecting them from any attack surface. This approach would revolutionize current standards for communicating over the Internet. IT management with staff with IT knowledge would not be required. VSEs/SMEs would then be fully autonomous to establish their own connections in complete security and without any technical configuration. Aside from the security that a new generation VPN promises, it has to stand out for its ease of use. At that point, the social impact will be felt as people will be able to communicate in complete safety and without complexity. The working conditions will then be significantly improved.

In addition to meeting the needs of teleworkers, such as For example, remote collaboration work, a next-generation VPN must enable organizations to have complete sovereignty over their data. Regaining control of data with fully sovereign business tools is key to developing French and European competitiveness around the world.

(1) INSEE-2019

(2) Operation of Cyberwire, Widespread Exchange. Chinese threat actor exploited SolarWinds vulnerability. Monitoring of camera breaks.


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