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Is your company ready for large-scale remote working?

VPN security testI want to preface this article by saying that I don’t like “click-bait” or fear-mongering news titles. We live in a fairly safe and secure world, all things considered.

However, this sense of security shouldn’t become complacent. Unforeseen events can happen at any time. Fortunately, most of them, terrible as they may be (terrorist attacks, natural catastrophes, social unrest, …), are short-lived. Others, not so much. Pandemics are one of them.

The H1N1 (“Swine Flu”) seems far away. The SARS epidemic is almost an ancient memory. The human mind is great and tends to favor remembering the good times a lot better than the bad. That doesn’t mean we should forget the lessons we learned from the difficult times and look at the past with rose-tinted glasses.

During previous epidemics, many companies contacted Spirent for our ability to test VPN concentrators at scale. With the current events surrounding COVID-19, a.k.a. “Coronavirus”, the phones are ringing again. More and more companies are starting to ask their employees to work from home (Microsoft, Twitter, Amazon, Nestlé, L’Oréal, Airbnb, …). These large companies have probably incorporated pandemics as part of their Business Continuity plans and have already put them to the test. They are ready. Is your company ready? If this pandemic, or the next one, or the next catastrophic event makes matters worse, are you sure that you are ready to keep the business going? We’ve already seen that the global economy has slowed down due to the Coronavirus. Some jobs must be done on-site, but a lot of them will be done remotely. The last thing you want is to overwhelm your IT Helpdesk with calls from your employees unable to set-up a VPN tunnel or experiencing poor performance and high response times just because your firewall is undersized.

Now more than ever you should put this to the test. It’s the only way to know for sure. The vendors’ datasheets for performance numbers are “best case” scenarios but might not represent the real, live network conditions. The only way to know for sure is to put the infrastructure to the test and get the real results.

If you think it’s expensive to test, wait until you don’t test, and your business is disrupted.

Spirent test equipment is used by most of the world’s well-known and respected independent labs to test, measure, and validate the latest developments of cloud, data center, virtual and hybrid environments, applications, security, services, and test automation over high speed Ethernet networks.

Learn how Spirent helped other businesses validate their networks. Read Spirent’s test reports.

By leveraging Spirent’s advanced security testing platforms, seasoned security specialists with industry-specific expertise, and realistic application load and threat traffic emulation, our clients can fulfill their promise of swift and secure business communications in an increasingly complex environment.

Read more about how Spirent provides Security Solutions for businesses who want secure networks. Learn about Spirent’s Cybersecurity solutions.

 
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