IT | Security

Ensuring a Safe and Secure Remote Workforce Amid Spreading Coronavirus

By: John Britton | 3/10/2020

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has already resulted in travel bans, quarantines, and major conferences being cancelled. Now, authorities at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have cautioned that mandated "workplace social distancing measures" such as "replacing in-person meetings with teleworking" may become increasingly necessary.

In light of this, organizations of all sizes and all across the globe have been rapidly introducing new policies to ensure the safety and well-being of their workforce, while minimizing the disruption of their business operations or academic activities. More and more employers are encouraging employees to work remotely to ensure the health and well-being of the greater workforce.

With this new reality, secure and seamless connectivity is a primary concern, and the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) is the most common choice. However, the challenges installing, configuring, and maintaining VPN tools on remote devices, and the technical faults within the tools that are used to enable this distributed model, can cause the goals of distributed organizations to fall apart when organizations cannot perform their tasks without interruption.

Continuously Monitor VPN with Absolute

Using Absolute, any enterprise, government, or school can ensure their VPN clients are always healthy on their devices. Absolute Application Persistence will continuously monitor and report the health of the VPN client and repair and reinstall it as required without any human intervention, thereby avoiding unnecessary productivity losses or security gaps.

This automation increases endpoint resilience and protects sensitive information for the organization, reduces downtime, and maximizes productivity for the end user while also reducing the workload for IT and saving time for higher-value tasks as they continue to work through the new challenges that a distributed organization faces.

In order to help IT teams globally adjust to the new situation safely and efficiently, as of today, Absolute has made Application Persistence for VPN available to all customers until August 31st, 2020. This includes out-of-the-box support for Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, F5 BIG-IP Edge Client, and Pulse Connect Secure, including the ability to repair and reinstall them when necessary.

All Absolute customers can now leverage this functionality. Simply configure and turn on the Application Persistence policy for the desired VPN client on your endpoints. To learn more about how to leverage Application Persistence for these VPN apps, please follow these instructions.