SSL VPN is a Cyber Security Layer; NOT a Catch-All
This is not an invitation to ignore things like anti-virus. While the tunnel is secure, it is not immune to things like viruses or intrusion attacks. It's still very important to have antivirus, appropriate detection, and monitoring software on your remote PC. Attacks and intrusions can still come through your SSL VPN tunnel from your remote machine.
Consider an SSL VPN like an added layer of protection, but it should never be the only source.
Firewall Setup and Company Policy
It's also very important that the SSL VPN structure setup on your firewall is done properly. If not, you can very quickly and easily bring down your internal network.
Remember to use the SSL VPN for company access only. It's very easy to allow all traffic to come through your firewall, which could cause a huge disruption. If your remote users are trying to stream music or video, they’re going to use way more bandwidth that they should, drastically slowing down the internet for everyone using the office internet connection.
You'll need to always make sure you have your SSL VPN configured correctly and accurately for your business. This will vary by company need, size, and internet speed. Work with your managed IT service provider or IT department to get that configured ASAP.
No matter what it is, when thinking about security, a layered approach is always going to be your winning combination. So again, make sure your SSL VPN is used along with your firewall, anti-virus, and anti-malware tools, plus it's configured correctly in order to not overwhelm your office’s ability to get work done.
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