In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, many organizations were forced to switch to working from home. Countless applications and data moved over to the cloud, but not all. That brings us to our current problem: how to ensure simple, secure remote access to these applications without sacrificing too much in the way of productivity? As remote working appears to be here to stay, our expert explains what makes Awingu worth considering compared to the various established alternatives.
Research (a study by Ugent - NL) shows that remote working is increasingly popular and that employees see it as the main new way of working. Other research (a study by Tempo-Team and KU Leuven - NL/FR) reveals that in practice, at many organizations, people cannot yet work from home securely and in comfort. There are plenty of solutions available on the market to help achieve this, however. According to Jeroen Van Hecke, Senior System Engineer Intelligent Workplace, Awingu can allow for important progress in this regard.
"Often, the solutions in current use are based on improvisation and not very secure at all," says Jeroen. "Employees get handed unmanaged devices with which to set up a VPN. Or worse yet, they are assigned a procedure to set up a VPN using their own BYOD devices." Another one we still run into quite frequently is RDP connections that link directly to a computer somewhere in the office. One characteristic and weakness of many of these so-called solutions is a lack of MFA, or multi-factor authentication.
Awingu is a product that is excellently suited to helping organizations secure their environment. That applies to both new and existing environments. This technology can provide secure access to a wide range of company applications and data. It is based on a 'Zero Trust' model, trusting nothing outside your own environment, and offers built in multi-factor authentication.