How to Provide Remote Users with Access to Restricted Services

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In certain circumstances global companies might have to deal with some of their remote users being blocked from the organizational network. In such cases, organizations may lose visibility into these employees’ work, and business continuity can be severely hampered. This blog post will examine how Cyolo’s zero trust solution can help overcome this challenge.

The Challenge: Blocked Remote Access

In global enterprises, some remote users may be blocked from accessing the organizational network as a result of external circumstances and not due to company policy. Consequently, these remote users cannot access or connect to organizational apps and services or collaborate with fellow employees in other locations.

It’s easy to see how organizational efficiency and business continuity would be impeded in these circumstances. When remote employees cannot work in the same manner as other employees, the rest of the organization and potentially also its leadership do not have visibility into their work. As a result, their processes cannot be properly monitored, and organizational business decisions will be based on incomplete data and information.

We believe this situation has gotten worse during Covid-19. With restrictions on flying, face-to-face meetings are highly limited or outright impossible, cutting off communication lines and collaboration to an even greater extent.

Solutions For Connecting Restricted Remote Employees

Organizations have found four main ways to connect restricted remote employees in order to communicate with them and monitor their work.

1. Implement separate network assets

Organizations duplicate organizational assets between these remote users and the rest of the enterprise.

Pros: 

  • Enables remote users to work in the company

Cons:

  • Lack of consistency and continuity
  • Friction-inducing processes
  • Large overhead
  • High costs

2. Installing a dedicated MPLS link

Some organizations install an MPLS link to connect the organizational network to their restricted remote users.

Pros:

  • Enables direct communication and collaboration with these users

Cons:

  • MPLS connections are slow
  • MPLS connections are expensive
  • MPLS connections are unreliable

3. VPNs and IPsec Tunnels

By setting up VPNs and IPsec tunnels, organizations attempt to connect blocked users to their network.

Pros:

  • Enables direct communication and collaboration with these users

Cons:

  • Slow
  • Insecure
  • VPNs are often blocked as well

4. Cyolo’s Zero Trust Solution

Cyolo’s unique Zero Trust solution enables companies to connect users from anywhere, including in cases where their network accessibility is blocked. Even restricted users can access corporate assets and critical applications with the same level of ease and security as all other users.

To see Cyolo in action, request a demo today.

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