Businesses Need to Secure their Remote Access with Software – Since the advancement in devices that we use, better internet, and cloud access to enterprise solutions/tools/applications; more and more employees have transitioned to work remotely. Though remote work offers many benefits to organizations, it presents security challenges that traditional solutions fail to recognize.
Traditional VPN users have complete access to resources on the corporate network. This approach to access cloud resources leaves potentially sensitive resources and information exposed to VPN users.
Thus, organizations are keen on opting software defined perimeter solutions (SDP) as a much more convincing option to secure remote access for employees working from any location using any devices. SDPs guarantee that users who try to access cloud resources are authenticated and authorized based on preset policies before accessing specific applications, instead of granting access to entire networks.
The increasing number of employees working from home, coffee shops, etc, and the cost of breaches expanding the security concerns by traditional VPNs, make organizations choose alternative solutions to VPN such as Software Defined Perimeter, which use the zero-trust paradigm to beat the threat issues.
Issues With Traditional VPN Solutions
This era of workers mobility and cloud migration has made enterprises more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and is harder to effectively secure the perimeter. Traditional VPN access is excessively lenient, allowing remote workers to access more of the network than is required to complete their tasks. This makes cloud assets unnecessarily visible and vulnerable to attack.
Remote Access For Users: Evolution of Zero Trust
Software defined perimeter solutions have several benefits over VPNs. In the first place, there are no trusted zones. Users get explicit permission to access specific applications once the IT admin approves. All other cloud resources remain isolated from view and invisible since the access granted is designated one-to-one connections.
Unreliable End-User Experience
With no doubt, many of us using a VPN face slow and unreliable performance which is common. If you happen to use applications in multiple locations, you’ll face the aggravation of having to repeatedly connect and disconnect, moreover you’d need to keep track of where you are connecting, based on the application that’s needed.
SDP – Access Everything You Need, Once Connected
With the right SDP solution, regardless of the user’s location; the connection stays secure and efficient once they gain access to required applications no matter what device they use (company-owned and BYOD). Partners, customers, contractors grant an agent-less browser-based solution to access applications easily.
The pandemic has overturned our lifestyle for sure and has unleashed Pandora’s box of new and growing cyber threats. Security teams not only face global challenges imposed during this crisis, yet should likewise overcome unique obstacles to protect the remote workforce.
Transitioning from VPNs to a software-defined perimeter solution doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your IT infrastructure. Truth be told, it does not require any overhaul at all. Next-generation SDPs allow organizations to adopt the technology without changing any of the network infrastructure or applications. Remote employees, partners, contractors, and customers can have convenient, granular access to the specific web or legacy applications; with better security without worrying about data breach or connectivity issues.