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The implementation of file sharing services has become increasingly common in the workplace. With file sharing capabilities, employees are able to access corporate resources to work collaboratively with others in multiple locations and on various devices. While enterprises benefit from their employees’ increased productivity and their employees enjoy better work-life balance, IT administrators must navigate around the increased security risks associated with file sharing services.

To satisfy employee demand, an increasing number of companies opt to use cloud file sharing services to enable employees to access corporate files on personal devices. While file sharing and remote access solutions both provide a mechanism to achieve remote working, the technology and security infrastructure are vastly different. Three conclusive security risks associated with cloud based file sharing are evident: the use of consumer-grade products, reliance on a third party data host and the lack of awareness of security protocols. HOB, the market leader in pure software-based remote access solutions, offers IT administrators an effective, convenient and reliable option that mitigates all of these security risks and provides additional benefits: HOB Remote Desktop Virtual Private Network (RD VPN).

The use of consumer-grade products for file sharing purposes is concerning to IT teams as these are designed for personal use and typically offer a lower level of encryption. Secondly, reliance on a cloud hosting company puts an enterprise at a disadvantage through the potential exposure of sensitive corporate data by employees or hackers. Subsequently, the use of third party cloud hosting strips in-house IT security teams of the ability to validate the stringency and efficacy of the security measures placed on enterprise data.

For IT administrators tasked with providing a highly secure and user friendly solution, HOB RD VPN is the ideal solution. This secure remote access solution uses a standard web browser to provide remote users access to web applications, file systems and the enterprise network. As HOB RD VPN does not require the installation of client software on the end user's computer, it can be used to access centrally stored files from anywhere and with almost any device.

Additionally, HOB RD VPN eliminates the risks associated with outsourcing sensitive practices to a third party. Instead, corporate resources remain stored in a secure corporate data center with strictly controlled access. Subsequently, this grants IT teams visibility and authority over who is permitted on a network, which increases their ability to detect and expose security threats.

As the workplace continues to evolve and mobile working gains prevalence, HOB RD VPN is the most secure and highly scalable communications mechanism for secure data transmission. The security standard of HOB RD VPN was just recently accredited by the German Federal Office for Information Security which certified HOB RD VPN according to the Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+. Not only does it offer secure, convenient remote access to users, HOB’s proprietary SSL implementation “HOB–SSL” is a simple, safe and effective way to facilitate IT teams’ ability to enforce security policies and minimize risks, while enabling access to enterprise data.

To learn more about the benefits of HOB’s remote access solutions, download the free e-book, “How VPNs Help Providing Secure Mobile Workplaces”.

For additional information and news online, HOB offers many opportunities to stay up-to-date. Find more information on secure remote access, mobile working, cloud computing and IT security on the HOB Trendtalk Blog, Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

About HOB, Inc.

HOB, Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of HOB GmbH & Co. KG. It was founded in New Jersey in April 2000 and is currently headquartered in Hawthorne, NY. HOB GmbH & Co. KG is a German medium-sized company, developing innovative and multiply rewarded software solutions that are marketed worldwide. The core competencies of the successful company HOB, founded in 1964, comprise server-based computing, secure remote access, VoIP and virtualization. HOB products are deployed in small, mid-sized and large enterprises. Further, some HOB products are certified according to Common Criteria. HOB remote access solutions received the quality mark from TeleTrust “IT Security Made in Germany.”

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