5 Reasons to Ditch the VPN Fob

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They’ve become part of the enterprise worker’s standard-issue uniform. Alongside the mobile phone, the ID badge, and the laptop, we’ve all become accustomed to the VPN (virtual private network) token – the trusty old fob that allows us to access the corporate network from just about anywhere.

It’s hard to believe VPNs have been around for 25 years. Not much has changed in that time. In some ways, they’re the tiny equivalent of the field phone – those humongous bricks that the pioneers of mobility lugged around with them in the early ’80s.

And yet, while we’d never carry a 25-year-old phone today, we hardly ever stop to wonder about the VPN token.

Why? Well, the VPN has served its purpose. It has proved to be a reliable solution, with good security, nice scalability, and solid availability – important factors to any IT department.

But new options are available that go further, reducing costs while improving security and simplifying the end-user experience. It’s time to modernize your deployment of VPN access solutions.

What to look for when you replace your existing system:

  1. A reduction in password reset costs.

IT spends considerable resources resetting passwords and replacing lost one-time password (OTP) hardware. New solutions improve IT efficiency and reduce replacement expenses. And by eliminating support required for synchronization problems and PIN resets, you’ll reduce support costs and time wasted by employees.

  1. Integration with future forward enterprise systems.

Integrating VPN access with mobility management provides IT administrators with unmatched security. It also ensures high availability and scalability.

  1. Elimination of passwords, PIN codes, and the need to carry yet another piece of equipment.

Multi-factor authentication that leverages a mobile phone, for example, not only eliminates the need for employees to carry additional devices or memorize passwords, it also tightens security. And with no need to distribute a physical token to users, IT saves time and effort.

  1. A better, more streamlined user experience.

By eliminating one-time-password (OTP) hardware, enterprises can upgrade security with public key infrastructure (PKI) authentication while providing employees with simplified access to vital corporate resources from the road.

  1. Flexible authentication options.

Because every enterprise has its own unique security needs, look for a solution that can be customized to your own organization’s policies and requirements. You want to be able to tailor the level of authentication for different user groups, and choose which credentials will act as the first factor, including when and where they’re entered.

More can be done with less when it comes to how you handle VPN access and authentication in your business, and it’s time for an evaluation.Learn more about VPN Authentication by BlackBerry.

About Eric Lai

I have written about technology and mobility for Computerworld, ZDNet, Forbes and others. I oversee the blogs and social content here at BlackBerry and continue to track and opine about the latest news and trends in enterprise mobility. Follow me on Twitter (ericylai)

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