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With VPN, you can secure your network and also offer secure access to remote partners and employees.

Technology—no small business can succeed without it. Your network not only provides secure connectivity to your employees, but also to your community of partners, suppliers, and customers. Although your network is the lifeline of your business, you probably view it as a cost center, buying equipment as necessary—sometimes on the fly when a problem or immediate need arises. However, your network can be a source of cost-effective growth for your company.

If you installed a VPN as part of your infrastructure, it was most likely to provide employees with secure access to your network while working at home or on the road.  Apart from the obvious productivity gains that companies can achieve by providing employees with the ability to work from anywhere anytime, VPNs can also make it easier to expand your business and share pre-existing network resources and information.

One such scenario could involve giving contract workers access to your network. The SMB Trend Report, a recent study by oDesk, found that the number of small and medium-sized businesses using contract workers has grown significantly. Companies using teams of 10 or more contractors has increased by 214 percent. “While many employers remain reluctant to start or keep traditional hires … they are choosing to on-board and retain career contractors on an ongoing basis,” according to the report.

Using an on-demand workforce of experienced, knowledgeable contractors allows your company to both hire and grow while keeping overhead expenses down. And a VPN is key to making that cost-effective growth possible. By choosing a solution that provides Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN functionality, such as the Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall, you can provide flexible, secure remote access to your network for non-employees such as contractors and partners.

With SSL VPN, you can allow contractors to access just a portion of your network via any web browser. This ability to provide a selected set of services, applications, and data is more secure than opening your entire network to a non-employee.

In addition to being able to take advantage of a broader, cost-effective talent pool, VPNs can help fuel your company’s growth in other ways. For example, by making sure employees have the data they need when they need it, your organization can make intelligent decisions faster. And when you have the technology that works, you can spend more time serving customers and focusing on projects that will make your company more efficient and expand your business.

If you have a VPN installed, how is it helping fuel your company’s growth?

See how Brown Bear Car Wash saved money and grew its business by installing a VPN

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