Survey says: How IT pros use VPNs

We just published a new research report on how virtual private networks (VPNs) are being deployed, managed and secured by network professionals.  Conducted in cooperation with Spiceworks, the “2014 VPN Survey” provides a window into the types of connections being created, the steps being taken to maintain security and the limitations of the ubiquitous technology.  Almost 200 IT and network professionals participated, offering a rare deep dive into a specific connectivity technology.

Key findings of the survey include most respondents indicating that their organizations use a firewall-based VPN solution and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) and Transport Layer Security among their VPN security protocols.  Even with security protocols in place, half of the respondents indicated that their organization was not allowing out-of-band access into their network via VPNs.

The Netop and Spiceworks 2014 VPN Survey was conducted with 192 panelists in February 2014.  Sixty-five percent of respondents were from mid-sized companies (20-249 employees) – with 21% from organizations with more than 250 employees and 14% from companies with 1-19 employees.  Manufacturing (16%), healthcare (10%), IT service providers (9%), and government (7%) were the leading industries of respondents.  The complete survey can be downloaded here.

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