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Virtual Private Network (VPN) is for internal employees who need access to the
system outside the office. Nowadays, VPN is commonly used since the pandemic
caused employees to work at home. This type of network offers a high-speed
connection that helps companies become more efficient. However, there is still
security and vulnerabilities concern when using a VPN.
Examples of Security Risks when using VPN:
Using a third-party VPN will not allow creating or enforcing policies that protect
credentials, creating opportunities for hackers to enter the network.
A more secure VPN means less productive workers because it needs time to
provision and tests the VPN.
When businesses use VPNs, they provide third-party vendors access to their
network, creating security risks.
Moreover, the organization can mitigate the risk by doing the following:
Limit the activity if possible.
Use secure website only. URL should begin with HTTPS://
Avoid clicking links in unsolicited emails, and beware of email attachments
Reset the credentials if compromised.
On the other hand, penetration testing is an essential tool to protect from cyber-
attacks. It determines how resistant an organization’s digital infrastructure is to an
outside attack. Therefore, the organization requesting a security audit should
consider having an auditor represented by legal counsel. In addition, there is a
computer crime law such as 18 USC 1030, which is a crime to access a computer
without authorization.
Sources:
1. Northwest Credit Union Association. 2020. Mitigating Security
Risks for Remote Workers Using VPN
Technology.$https://nwcua.org/2020/03/24/mitigating-security-
risks-for-remote-workers-using-vpn-technology/
2. Michael Kassner. 2015. Don’t let a penetration test land you in
legal hot water.$https://www.techrepublic.com/article/dont-let-a-
penetration-test-land-you-in-legal-hot-water/
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