Enterprise Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) use have grown exponentially this year as quick solutions to pandemic challenges. While these tools have been critical to business continuity, the increased usage of these services comes with an increased risk of compromise.
RDP, the Microsoft Windows component that makes it easy for staff to connect to work computers while they are away, is used by millions. Because RDP is so widely used, it is a common target for man-in-the-middle cyberattacks. Microsoft estimates nearly 1 million devices are currently vulnerable to remote desktop security risks.
VPN tunneling ensures that before a connection can be made to your server, a connection must be made to the secure private network, which is encrypted and hosted outside of your server. The VPNs set up by organizations are not immune to attack via known and unknown vulnerabilities, both on the client and server side. In addition to security issues, VPNs introduce latency issues when accessing applications in the cloud by routing all traffic back through the enterprise data center.
An RDP gateway (in conjunction with a VPN) enhances control by removing all remote user access to your system and replacing it with a point-to-point remote desktop connection. Users go to a login page, enter credentials, and get connected to the network through a firewall. Microsoft has built RDP gateway functionality into its Windows servers, which is where the current risk for legacy computers is found.
What began as a rushed reaction during a crisis will continue to evolve as organizations add security to remote working practices. BPI helps businesses implement secure remote access in distributed enterprises. Gain peace of mind today: (248) 357-3980