Virus, disaster, scheduling, whatever the reason, your organization may need to have employees work from home. What systems are available for this? I’m going to list three products that may help your organization function with employees working from home. None of these are perfect and I expect you to consult your cybersecurity department.

OpenVPN. An OpenVPN server can allow your employees to access the network from home. When combined with the proper encryption and directory access, OpenVPN can provide an extremely low cost method of accessing resources over the network. Employees do however, need to be careful with keeping their certificates in safe locations. A stolen laptop without storage encryption can easily allow access to your network just like being onsite.

My favorite OpenVPN setup utilizes PfSense. You can build your firewall, gateway, OpenVPN server with standard off the shelf computer components or purchase one already built from Netgate. There are other OpenVPN options out there. Most higher end and commercial gateways and firewalls have OpenVPN available. You could even build on Ubuntu Server if you want to go completely from scratch.

remotedesktop.google.com - Pretty much a chrome extension with a small installation package. Make sure you have a good password on your Google account and set a decent pin when setting up. This remote service is easy to setup, you just need Google Chrome.

rocket.chat This is an insanely powerful platform that allows your organization to chat and even video conference. Most importantly it can be self-hosted if you want to avoid the fee involved with a SaaS deployment. Plus, by self-hosting you know where your data is.