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by Erik Briceno

When you connect directly to the internet, your activity and data, from business emails to banking transactions, is exposed to the possibility that someone else can see it, exploit it or steal it.

That’s why a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is an essential business tool that allows users to securely access a private network and share data remotely through public networks.

You know that a firewall protects data on a computer, and a VPN protects data when you’re online. It creates a secure third-party barrier between your computer and the internet — a tunnel that prevents hackers and other cybercriminals from seeing your data or activity.

Find a VPN Service to Fit Your Needs

Establishing a secure VPN connection is not difficult, with the right IT support.

If you want to log into a private corporate network remotely, for instance, you would first connect to the public internet through your internet service provider. Then you would follow the steps for initiating a VPN connection through your company’s VPN server.

There are many things to consider when deciding which VPN service to select — and the answers depend on where and how you plan to use your VPN. An IT managed services provider can help you determine the right VPN service to fit your particular business needs.

But the bottom line remains: Businesses need to keep their network traffic private and safe from tampering, and VPNs can help do that.

“VPNs provide an essential layer of security protection,” said Kent Bloomstrand, chief technology officer at CSID, the identity protection arm of the credit reporting company Experian.

Case Study: Federal Agency Relies on VPN Security

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) relied on our IT managed services to transition from a nonfunctioning system to a state-of-the-art, cloud-based IT environment — including a VPN that allowed critical functions to continue securely.

As part of the upgrade in services, we configured, deployed and supported the agency’s remote laptops with the scanning equipment needed to perform interviews for federal employment personal identification and verification (PIV).

To perform their jobs, the employees conducting these interviews needed secure and remote internet access. We turned to a combination of services to build the agency’s modernized platform, including Ubuntu OpenVPN.

The resulting cloud-based IT environment includes an established VPN connection to the necessary data centers. As a result, CNCS was able to expedite the launch of its services while also meeting stringent security requirements.

Add a Layer of Security

If you value your online security, privacy and anonymity, installing and managing a VPN like CNCS will add another tier to the cybersecurity best practices that should be a core element of your business plan.

Years of designing, implementing and managing robust network solutions and support, including VPNs, have helped us build a team of professionals with in-depth experience in government and industry applications. We’re here to make your IT environment safe and secure so you can conduct your business with confidence.

Call us for a free two-hour consultation, and we’ll talk about your security needs — no strings attached. Our expert engineers can design safeguards that are an integral part of your IT network right from the start. Together, we can develop an IT security plan that meets your needs and fits your budget.


Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY!

About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
How To Protect Your Business Data With a VPN