3 ways IP management boosts business network security

By Jack Murray, 
Aug 17, 2020
3 min read
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Traditional network perimeters are no longer enough to protect critical business resources. With an expanding remote workforce, many businesses are struggling to maintain network visibility and secure corporate data traffic. So, how can your business install robust access control to sensitive data?

A good starting point is to use an enterprise VPN with available IP management. Combined with other security solutions, it can be an invaluable tool to prevent cyber risks and attacks—all while ensuring an efficient workflow.

Whether it’s IP whitelisting or just owning a dedicated and fixed IP address, let’s talk about how IP management can boost your company’s network security.

What is IP management?

IP management enables you to effectively monitor your network connectivity, shed constant verification, and control access to private company servers and databases.

Essentially, it’s like an internet cheat code. Having a fixed IP address for your business network prevents your employees from having to constantly verify their credentials. This makes accessing cloud resources a breeze. That level of security and convenience is critical given today’s remote work challenges. 

On top of that, IP management is like having a digital guest list. Instead of outright blocking identified risks, you can instead allow specific IP addresses to your network, ensuring that only authorized users gain access to corporate data and resources.

With the rise of BYOPC and an increasing number of unsecured devices now connecting to your network, implementing a centralized IP management system has never been more important. 

The benefits of IP management

1. Network security

IP management is the first safeguard against cybercriminals. It ensures that only employees with allowed IP addresses can access your company's network. To anyone else, access is denied.

2. Access control

IP whitelisting is a great tool to control which of your employees can access specific corporate resources. This way, you can make sure that your coworkers only use the tools they need instead of accessing restricted business data. It can ban any unauthorized person from trying to pry open sensitive information.

3. Secure remote access

IP whitelisting also enables your team to securely access private network resources remotely—whether from corporate or personal mobile devices. In today’s common hybrid network environments, many businesses need scalable remote access solutions to mitigate both on-premise and cloud security risks.

How to whitelist IP addresses

First of all, you need to determine which IP addresses should have access to your corporate network, resources, and data. The most productive way to do that is by issuing your employees dedicated IP addresses. This way, they’ll be able to connect to the necessary tools, no matter what device they’re working on.

Business security solutions like NordVPN Teams offer just that. Our cloud-based VPN service lets you purchase private dedicated servers with a fixed company IP. If your business resources are hosted in the cloud—or if you use a firewall—whitelisting that static IP address will grant your entire team access to necessary corporate assets, without the need for constant verification.

Our platform also allows you to create custom private gateways. You can build teams and segment them, assigning departments to specific gateways that connect to your company's servers. Once an employee connects to the gateway, their IP address changes to a fixed company IP. The only thing left to do is to decide which resources they can access from that specific gateway.

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