Here are five major reasons why.
5 Key Benefits of Remote Access VPN Central Management
While the purpose that virtual private networks (VPNs) serve is fairly straightforward, the technology components that enable them can be rather complex. Fortunately, central management can go a long way in terms of alleviating concerns around securing remote access by making organizations more secure, efficient and productive.
Single Point of Administration
Central management provides a single point of administration so that as companies expand, and the number of users or endpoint devices increases, the network never becomes too complex to operate securely and efficiently. The ability to automatically scale up and down depending on organizational needs is crucial, and central management allows IT administrators to do exactly that by enabling them to:
- Simultaneously manage 100 to 50,000+ connections
- Automate roll-out of company-wide VPN software updates, monitor policy compliance and easily provision or deprovision user access
- Easily scale up or down based on the latest organizational needs
- Integrate with an existing user database (such as Active Directory)
"According to 60 percent of respondents [to Ponemon Institute's 2014 State of Endpoint Risk research], the biggest threat [to endpoint security] is the growing number of employees and others using multiple mobile devices in the workplace followed by the increase in personal devices being connected to the network." –
Central management has proven critical in optimizing the efficiency of the workforce through the following:
- Freeing up IT staff & administrators from daily mundane tasks, allowing more focus on innovation
- Reducing frequency of user error
- Fast rollout and easy updates
"Sixty percent of [workers] said they are more productive using VPN or remote access to the corporate network." – Jeffrey Burt, eWeek
Central management is an excellent way to reduce the cost of operating a remote access infrastructure. Cost-savings result from automating activities that previously had to be done manually, and often on a user by user basis, and include, but are not limited to:
- Allowing easy client rollout as well as software and certificate updates
- Automating client configurations following user authentication
- Eliminating the need to manually monitor the network for user errors
- Reducing the volume of IT help desk calls
- Doing away with informing individual users of needed updates that need to be manually applied
- Cutting down on the amount of user documentation and training required
"The most important reason for central management of security and networking within a distributed enterprise is cost savings. If an organization has 1,000 sites, you can't afford to have one person at each site responsible for managing security policy. Thus you want to have central management that allows for a handful of dedicated security specialists to manage the whole environment. Additionally, consistent policy throughout the entire network is more efficiently set through a centralized management interface. Being able to apply a rule across multiple locations and multiple features (IPS, AV, URL filtering) saves time and helps limit security gaps." –
Charles Kolodgy, IDC
Mobile device manufacturers and service providers are continuously bringing to market new products. Central management can support a wide range of devices and the latest operating systems, as well as previous versions – an ability that can help enterprises without an official bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy begin to implement one.
"Almost 60 percent of companies do not have a formal bring your own device (BYOD) policy." – Ponemon Institute
Key to the concept of central management is the ability to integrate within an existing infrastructure so that previous investments in third-party software or hardware are not wasted. This is accomplished through:
- Support for 3rd-party VPN gateways, including, but not limited to, Cisco, Juniper, Check Point, Fortinet and more
- Easily working in unison with other infrastructure elements to build defense in depth network security
- High availability support to provide enough redundancy to keep the network fully operational if failure occurs
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