Help Security End Users Facing Coronavirus Improve Remote Access

By Brian Rhodes, Published Mar 24, 2020, 11:13am EDT (Info+)

Many end-users and integrators are struggling with the impact of coronavirus lock downs but remote access can help both sides during this time.

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In this note, we explain how integrators can increase service opportunities during this time while helping end-users be more productive from their homes.

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Comments (3)

For completeness, there is one other approach: instead of VPN'ing in to each location, you can add a 'VMS plugin' to each location, and have the video data stream to the cloud. This way you'd have a centralized view to all of your camera feeds in one browser-based viewport, at the speed of cloud, instead of having to depend on how good the connection to the remote location is.

In addition to the centralized view, you'd also get video backup and/or archival, and cloud-run analytics (so cheaper and faster than on-prem solutions).

I'm sure a lot of companies offer this, we're just one of them (Dragonfruit - AI-Powered Video Cloud Storage)

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One major thing I would caution here --

If you don't know how to set up and configure a reputable VPN product -- correctly -- then I would strongly recommend not doing it at all. An incorrectly-configured VPN can be an extremely easy entry-point into a customer network and a potential vector for a breach.

The world of remote access / VPNs is not something that beginners should be attempting to tackle. A few bucks now for such a service could turn into a breach with major repercussions for both the integrator and the client down the road.

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if only someone had thought of this years ago....

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