Work-From-Home Security

How to Easily Improve Your Work-From-Home Security by Using File Sharing Servers

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Why is Work-From-Home Security Important?

Employees working from home need a secure way to share files with other workers. With a secure file sharing solution, companies can eliminate the hassle and expense of managing their VPNs and let their employees share files via the cloud.

Today's changing technological environment is enabling more and more Americans to work from home. According to U.S. Census data, 8 million people worked from home in 2017. That's 5.2% of the workforce, up substantially from 3.3% working from home in 2000.

As more employees work from home, the work they do must remain secure. This is especially important when it comes to file-sharing – companies do not want sensitive information subject to theft and hacking from a remote location.

There are two main approaches to securing sensitive data for remote workers. Companies can employ either a file-sharing server or a virtual private network (VPN). While VPNs have been the traditional choice, an increasing number of companies are moving to secure file-sharing servers.

Sharing files and folders from file servers over the Internet

How Secure File Sharing Works

There are many different types of file servers. Companies that maintain an on-premises file server typically manage access via two-factor authentication and per-file and per-folder permissions management.

Other companies utilize cloud file-sharing that is secured by end-to-end encryption. A cloud file server can automatically sync data with a company's on-premises servers and replicate native file shares and drive mapping. Cloud file-sharing offers cross-platform support and access from Android and iOS mobile devices.

Cloud File Server

CentreStack adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration to private cloud storage. It is the real cloud file server solution you have been looking for!

Remote Access

CentreStack bridges file servers and cloud storage for secure remote access without the need to use a VPN.

Disaster Recovery

CentreStack turns cloud storage accounts into a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history, and audit tracing to provide business continuity for file servers on-premises.

Mobile Sharing

CentreStack leverages cloud storage for secure mobile file sharing from a web browser or from a mobile application.

Cloud Migration

CentreStack sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and cloud storage that can be seamlessly converted to cloud-only.

Why a File Sharing Server is Better than a VPN

Historically, many companies have used VPNs to help remote workers access sensitive data on their on-premises file servers. Unfortunately, remote users sometimes have trouble connecting to a VPN and often have issues with connections dropping. VPN speeds are also considerably slower than unprotected Internet connections, which can hamper productivity.

From a company's standpoint, VPNs can be difficult to configure and manage. A VPN can be subject to IP and DNS leaks if not properly configured, which makes the VPN less secure than a standard Internet connection. VPNs can also be hacked, which exposes all unencrypted data to prying eyes.

A cloud-based file sharing server eliminates the need for a VPN and its associated challenges. For remote workers, a file-sharing server is fast and easy to use. Companies don't have the same configuration or security issues as they do with VPNs while maintaining the same granular folder permissions and authentication for their on-premises servers. It's a win-win solution for all parties.

Can I just use the VPN?

From a security perspective, VPN is very secure. However, the lack of offline editing capability, the slowness of browsing a big folder, and the inability to collaborate on big files will force employees to try other means to "get their jobs done." The other means include:

  • Personal Dropbox.
  • Emailing files back and forth.
  • Using other third-party online file services to move corporate files around.

In the end, VPN's weakness drives user's behavior away from the VPN services, and thus it is not secure at all.

Can I just use the VPN?

Choose Secure File Sharing from CentreStack

CentreStack is a secure file-sharing solution used by thousands of businesses from around the world. The CentreStack team has more than ten years of cloud-based file server experience and can help businesses of all types migrate their existing file servers to the cloud for secure sharing. Eliminate the costs and hassles of VPNs today with CentreStack's file-sharing server solutions.

Contact us today and try CentreStack secure file sharing for free!

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