Sekweta Technologies offers a variety of services to empower your remote workers, making them productive and well connected to the programs and files they need to get their work done.
- CENTRALIZED REMOTE DESKTOP This is the most comprehensive tool for enabling a flexible workforce. The remote desktop is a centralized workspace for all of the programs and files used on the job. Employees log in to the secure centralized desktop where their programs, email, documents and other files are kept. They perform all of their daily tasks from here, whether they are in the office, working from home, or on the road. All files are stored centrally, protected by firewalls and other defenses. Since programs and data are never stored on the user's system, if a laptop or PC is stolen or damaged, the data remains 100% safe. The evening news is full of stories about stolen laptops containing sensitive information. Using a central remote desktop is an excellent way to make sure this never happens to your company.
Because they are working from a centralized desktop, the user's work environment is consistent, familiar, always the same 100% of the time, regardless of where they log in from. This solution is ideal for employees who split their time between the office and remote locations, and enables centralization for companies with more than one location. The Remote Desktop is immune to viruses and spyware hiding on user laptops and PCs, which further enhances security.
- REMOTE APPLICATIONS This method is similar to Remote Desktop described above, but the user does not log in to a central desktop. Remote applications (for example, Microsoft Word, Quickbooks, CRM applications, etc.) are physically installed on a server, either in your office or in our datacenter. An icon to launch the application is placed on the user's laptop or PC. When a user clicks the icon to launch the program, a secure encrypted connection is made to the server and the application loads onto the user's screen. To the user, it appears the remote application is running directly on their laptop or PC, but in reality, program execution takes place (transparently) on the server. Data remains safely and securely on the server at all times, and is never lost if the laptop or PC is stolen or damaged. Also like Remote Desktop, Remote Applications are protected from viruses and spyware that might be hiding on individual laptops or PCs.
- VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN) A VPN connects remote laptops and PCs to the corporate network. (In non-telecommute scenarios, VPNs are used to securely connect branch offices. Here, we will discuss VPNs as they apply to telecommuting.) Typically with this method, programs are installed on the individual laptops and PCs, but the data files are stored centrally at the home office. This is an effective and sometimes less expensive way of connecting remote workers, and is the best choice for some organizations. The drawbacks include lack of centralized application management, and potential increased risks to security. When a program update is released, it must be installed individually on all laptops and PCs. If not configured and restricted properly, a VPN can expose a larger than desired segment of the corporate network to the outside. In addition, without adequate safeguards in place, viruses on the laptop or PC can hop across the VPN and infect corporate assets. Managed properly, a VPN is useful for connecting remote workers.