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The increasing trend towards remote work and hybrid work - as well as the desire to implement a Zero Trust security strategy-requires government and businesses to rethink how they secure their remote users. Business continuity and contingency planning demands that you provide always-on, anytime, anywhere access to vital resources, data, and applications. Expanding remote access via traditional VPNs, however, increases risk and expands the attack surface. And hackers are taking advantage of this shift to infiltrate company networks and steal information.
Zero Trust security for your remote workforce
Traditional virtual private networks (VPNs) have been part of many organization’s security strategy for years. Perimeter-based VPNs are deployed to provide, remote access to corporate resources. The challenge is that once users are connected, they have access to the entire network, putting sensitive data at risk. VPNs fail to provide the connectivity and the security that companies need to ensure business continuity and to implement a Zero Trust security strategy. They are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks, lack the granular control that is crucial for securing access over untrusted networks, and allow hackers lateral movement once inside a private network. In short, VPN services are too lenient and fail to protect your business in a world where data and applications must be made available beyond your organization’s perimeters.
VPNs leave you at risk for a breach because they:
- Do not easily provide granular control, especially on untrusted networks
- Do not allow for scalability to tens of thousands, often because VPN concentrators have significant limitations
- Do not prevent hackers who pass a VPN gateway from engaging in lateral movement inside the private network
- Do not encrypt data from the VPN gateway to internal assets, making data on the wire vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks
Put simply, VPNs do not deliver the Zero Trust security that is critical to provide connectivity and prevent cyberattacks in the flexible-location business model. Rather, they represent a single point of failure within any organization. Even when VPNs are working at their fullest potential, they leave your network vulnerable.