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Get started with NordLayer


By NordLayer
17 May 2022
2 min read
Get started with NordLayer

It’s never been easier to switch to a full-fledged Secure Access Service Edge framework to increase your network’s security. We’ve come up with this short guide to help you get started with the NordLayer — from configurations to setting it up on your user’s devices.

Become a NordLayer power user and boost your productivity squeezing everything that the suite has to offer. 

Let’s get into it.

1. Familiarize yourself with the Control Panel

Control Panel is the central hub where you’ll find everything you need to manage your network. You can manage your users, security features, and payment details from one place.

  • Easy to start — it takes up to 10 minutes for an admin to set it up.

  • Hardware-free and works on top of your existing infrastructure.

  • Access account information, payment history, and methods in the billing information. 

  • Upgrade or downgrade your current plan on demand.

  • Available plans:

Basic — $84 billed annually or $9 billed monthly per user

Advanced — $108 billed annually or $11 billed monthly per user

Custom — a custom-made NordLayer solution that is tailored to your specific requests

2. Add new users

All it takes to set up a NordLayer account is an email. Your colleagues will only have to open an email and accept an invitation, which will allow you to further customize your internal network. Take full control of your network’s user base.

  • Head to the member’s section, type in their contact details, and send the invitation.

  • Track the invitation’s status as each recipient is accepting it:

Invited — the invitation was sent to the user but it hasn’t accepted it yet

Active — user has accepted the invitation and created its account

Inactive — the subscription for the user has expired but it can be renewed

Suspended — the user was active but no longer has an active license and it can’t be renewed

3. Create new teams

Your pool of users can be segmented into separate Teams. Not only does this help to manage each team’s resources but it also provides better team network management.

  • Create new teams from the Team tab

  • Manage their access permissions and assign users to it

4. Setting up gateways and dedicated servers

Each Team can be assigned a server (provided that the organization purchased dedicated servers). That way each user can be accessing only what’s relevant for its job functions. In addition, it keeps the server load lower by distributing it across multiple servers.

  • Create new private gateways adding teams and designate particular servers to them.

  • Once the team’s IP address is allowlisted in the organization’s system, only the Team will be able to access the server.

  • Shared gateways — allow changing your public IP on-demand and access geo-blocked websites.

  • Monitor server load and connections made to each dedicated server or shared gateway.

  • View the activity log in the activity section.

  • Compatible with all major OSes.

5. Implementing security features

In the settings section, you can centrally implement security features for all teams. Whether it’s login methods or security configurations, you’ll be able to align NordLayer with your overall IT business security standards.

2FA — request additional confirmation before allowing users to log in to NordLayer

SSO — enable or disable a unified set of security credentials across multiple cloud applications like Azure AD, Google SSO, Okta, OneLogin, and Salesforce

Biometric authentication — achieve higher security through face recognition and fingerprint scanning

Network segmentation — set user permissions to limit access to specific resources

Jailbroken device detection — deny vulnerable devices accessing your internal network

6. Downloading NordLayer

Once the NordLayer configurations are complete. You can set it up for your users, all it takes is an app download from the NordLayer’s website or from your device manufacturer’s app store.

  • All it takes is downloading and installing the NordLayer app.

  • Use NordLayer up to 6 active sessions per user.

  • Compatible with all major operating systems, including macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux.

  • If you run into any issues NordLayer offers 24/7 tech-minded customer support.

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