Coronavirus disease, also known as Covid19 is the most talked-about thing currently all over the world. This disease has created a huge ruckus in every country as people are scared of getting infected by it. This disease gets easily transmitted from one person to another and therefore, people prefer to reduce their social interaction to avoid getting infected by Coronavirus disease.
The fear of Covid19 has increased a lot all across the globe. This disease which has spread widely everywhere has caused immense fear in the minds of every individual. Even organizations are scared of their employees. To stop this deadly disease from infecting the employees of the organization, many organizations have given their employees the opportunity to work from home.
How has Coronavirus affected the growth of VPNs?
As already discussed above, the rise in fear of Coronavirus disease, organizations have given their employees the opportunity to work from home so that they are not infected by it through others. Now, in order to let them work from home, the organizations need a network connection from the personal system of the employee to the network of the organization so that they can transfer their files and documents safely and securely. To do this they need a good VPN. VPNs are Virtual Private Networks which makes the transfer of data secure and safe by encrypting it from end to end that is the date sent or received by the personal system of the employee to the network of the organization cannot be hacked by any their party site. The organizations have asked their employees to download a particular VPN and try to connect it remotely to the server of the organization and to test whether it is working or not.
Prior to the outspread of Coronavirus, VPN had become a dying technology in the corporate world which has not evolved for a long time. Because of the technological advancements, every now and then, corporates ignored using VPNs for a long time now. But with the increasing fear of Coronavirus disease, VPNs has again gained momentum in the corporate world. This has given a new life to the whole VPN industry, which otherwise was moving towards extinction. The sudden spread of Coronavirus disease has benefitted this industry to revive and get back to the position that it had held almost a decade back.
The employees of VPN industries we’re spoken to. They said that the number of enquiries regarding the working mechanism and system of VPNs has been less in the last decade as compared to the number of enquires which came in the previous month itself. If figures are to be believed, then there are more than seventy companies which have asked their employees to work from home in the last month to stop the spreading of Coronavirus disease. After announcing the work from home facility which the organizations are opting to provide to their employees, the organizations realize that they don’t have any safe and secure system for transferring the files and for other communications from the personal system of the employees who will be working remotely to the system of the organization. This is when they realized the importance of VPNs and this is the major reason for the increase in the number of enquiries in this industry in the previous month.
VPN providers have said that the companies are chasing them and they look it as an opportunity to revive their whole industry. VPN providers are offering organizations whose employees are affected with this virus some added advantage or promotional facilities like 30 days or 60 days free trial so that they can make some loyal clients who would not just use their services for a temporary period but also would use it after the fear of this virus is gone. VPN providers have realized that this is the time when they are going to see huge demand for VPNs and the employees of such providers have assured that they would try to help every organization in the best possible way in this situation of emergency.
Moving on and talking about some specific VPN providers who are offering great help to the organization to help them fight with this deadly disease, we must mention about Pulse Security who is a major provider of technologies to let people remotely access the organization’s system in a safe and secure way. To help the organization deal with this epidemic, it has commenced giving licenses on a temporary basis to new customers and it has also increased the capacity of the existing clients to deal with this emergency situation. All VPN providers, including Pulse Security, provides security to any organization according to their use. For example, if a company has one thousand employees, then Pulse gives such company a VPN license to allow say, one hundred employees, to work from home at a time. But to combat Coronavirus spread, Pulse Security instead of allowing one hundred employees to work from home at a time, has now allowed say, five hundred employees to avail the work from facility at a time. This has benefitted their business even as a lot of companies have requested Pulse Security for an increase in their capacity due to this emergency situation. Also, the VPN provider has received a lot of requests from new customers to give them a license on a temporary basis.
An employee of Gartner, which is also a VPN service provider has received overwhelming inquiries from various organizations who want to expand their VPN licenses or take new VPN license so that they can give their employees the work from home facility.
The fear and spread of Coronavirus disease have led people to avoid human contact to prevent themselves from being infected by it. This has forced organizations to provide their employees with work from home facility to stop the spreading of this disease. Soon after the companies have announced the work from home facility, they have realized that they don’t have the necessary technology to secure the communication and transfer of files between the employees working remotely and the organization. It is estimated that every one company out of three companies does not have a proper remote policy in place. This has led to the upsurge in demand for VPNs. About two months back the inquiries for VPNs had cropped up from Asia and from past three to four weeks, many European countries are also raising queries for VPN services. Therefore, it can be said that Coronavirus fears cause a rush of interest in the VPNs.
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