Absolute, the leader in endpoint resilience, announced free access for many of its existing customers to Absolute’s patented Persistence technology in order for these customers to ‘persist,’ or proactively repair and reinstall their existing virtual private network (VPN) applications.
By turning on this capability, these customers’ IT teams can ensure uninterrupted remote access to corporate networks, business applications and data for remote workers amid the global coronavirus outbreak.
“As we hear from customers globally that they are encouraging more employees and/or students to work and study remotely, never has there been a more critical time for ensuring security controls remain installed and effective,” said Christy Wyatt, President and CEO at Absolute.
“Enabling our customers to reinstall and recover VPN applications allows them, in turn, to enable employees with secure, simple access to the sensitive applications and data required to do their jobs, wherever they are working… and maintain business continuity and their ability to take care of their customers.”
The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease, and the need to ensure the safety and well-being of their workforces, has companies of all sizes under pressure to rapidly encourage remote work policies and the technologies needed to put them into action.
In support of IT teams tasked with ensuring employee productivity, organizational security, and business continuity, Absolute is offering free access to Application Persistence for VPN for all of its Visibility and Control tier customers through August 31, 2020.
Supported VPN applications include Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, F5 BIG-IP Edge Client, and Pulse Connect Secure.
“The coronavirus outbreak will definitely lead IT organizations to look at how they are supporting remote work… while there already was interest, this could act as a catalyst accelerating adoption of technologies that enable remote workers,” Raúl Castañón-Martínez, senior analyst at 451 Research, recently told Computerworld.
Early findings from Absolute’s upcoming ‘2020 State of Endpoint Resilience Report’ highlight the fragility of VPN tools and other critical endpoint controls, revealing that nearly half of endpoint devices with a VPN client installed have one that is misconfigured, out-of-date, or non-compliant.