A Short, Qualitative Analysis Of Virtual Private Networks
thesisposted on 23.05.2021, 10:23 authored by Alexandra Bonder
This paper provides an overview of the current state of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) by combining a general analysis of key issues with the perspectives of employees working at five popular VPN companies. This paper argues that VPN technology cannot be analyzed in a meaningful way without reference to the values and motivations of the people of which the companies comprise. A key finding is the differences observed between different employees’ understanding of terms essential to VPN competence: “security” and “privacy”. These differences highlight the difficulty of judging VPNs objectively, as, their perceived functionality ultimately depends on an affective alignment of values between user and company.
DegreeMaster of Arts
ProgramCommunication and Culture
Granting InstitutionRyerson University
LAC Thesis TypeThesis
Extranets (Computer networks) -- Security measuresBusiness enterprises -- Computer networks -- Security measuresInternet -- Security measuresComputer network protocolsWireless communication systems -- Security measuresElectronic data processing personnel -- ManagementComputer software developers -- ManagementCorporate cultureComputer securityData protection