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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In todays fast paced business world many corporations are looking towards technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations To stay ahead of competition up-to-date information within the corporation will have to be shared and be easily accessed no matter where we are With an ever growing and widely dispersed workforce the need for proper network strategies is important Networks will have to be more efficient and cost effective This is where Virtual Private Networks VPN plays an important role in providing an alternative to private networks VPNs can be economically deployed with the same policies as the private networks VPN enjoy the same security management and reliability capabilities as the private networks but at a much lower cost In this report I have explained what VPN is and how it works including all its essential processes I have then analyzed a company called Wombat Media which is in dire need of a new network to connect their branch offices scattered throughout the United Kingdom and to ensure that their mobile workforce can access company data while being in foreign soil I then outlined some options to ensure a successful implementation of a VPN 10INTRODUCTION TO VPN VPN or Virtual Private Network is a network which uses the public networks infrastructure or internet services as all or part of its Wide Area Network WAN backbone Mairs J 2002 It can be used to economically make private connections between nodes anywhere in the world without using any cables or leased-lines hence the word virtual in its name The network is kept private by tunneling data through the public network Therefore even though it shares a web of cables with millions of other users it still has all the characteristics of a private network For example it has limited access to only authorized users and security is achieved by using end-to-end authentication and encryption
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