Networks have to be secure but that should not impede businesses from innovating and moving forward. The goal of ZTNA technology isn’t to prevent users from accessing company data; rather, it’s to enable businesses to develop at their own pace, improving operations without having to worry about the next security breach.
As companies look to offer the option of remote work, in the office, or a combination of both, they are forced to deal with the issues that come with a new work environment. They are looking for ways to achieve airtight security and increase protection. It’s time to ditch legacy solutions, such as VPNs, and embrace the new. Enter Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA).
From trusting the entity to just trusting the transaction, the ZTNA paradigm has progressed. Companies might consider migrating to ZTNA for a variety of reasons. Here are a few reasons.
It’s ideal for remote work situations
Flexibility has been shown to be an important factor in establishing work-life balance. Working from anywhere, however, exposes businesses to increased risk, especially when employees use several devices across multiple networks. Because of their onerous configuration and limited flexibility, VPNs and other legacy security solutions are unable to keep up with emerging threats. ZTNA enables for flexible and precise application access across networks, with rapid and seamless checks in between. This prevents malicious actors or malware from gaining access to an entire network at once — it’s far easier to spot anomalous activity when devices, users, and services make security decisions at each stage.
Enhanced security allows businesses and people to work from anywhere in the world without fear of being hampered by cumbersome processes.
Increased flexibility to work from any device
ZTNA allows employees the freedom to work from any device without jeopardizing security or productivity, just as it decreases a user’s and organization’s risk by restricting the scope of any authentication to a limited service or application. In fact, the average employee uses a variety of devices to access critical company data. It’s a significant development in the work-from-anywhere approach, which allows employees to do tasks and communicate outside of the office.
Defends businesses against sophisticated cyber-attacks
As threat actors take advantage of emerging vulnerabilities, cyber-attacks are becoming more common and sophisticated. There is no longer a single point of entry through which bad actors can get access to an entire network. Organizations will be able to segment resources at a granular level with ZTNA, and firewalls will no longer be considered potential keys to the kingdom.
Privilege escalation and lateral movement are far less likely in a world of zero trust. With continuous re-evaluation of trust, a threat actor cannot just take what users have and use it to break into their neighbor’s machine — they will need a good systems posture, repeated authentication and authorization to services/data as well. Hackers are well-versed in VPNs and how to exploit their flaws, which frequently involve a simple authentication process that, once completed, provides trust to all subsequent activities.
ZTNA, however, offers multiple layers of protection against sophisticated criminal attempts. Many businesses have taken notice – according to Gartner’s Gartner’s Zero Trust Architecture and Solutions report, 80 percent of new digital business apps will be accessed via ZTNA by 2022.
To keep up with threat actors who are continually improving their capabilities, it’s critical to enhance security posture on a regular basis to prevent data breaches. The ZTNA approach is considerably more secure than VPNs because it is a process for ensuring constant monitoring, evaluation, and re-evaluation of the trust that users are relying on to access a resource rather than a single gatekeeper for all data. Users can get the protection they want in a streamlined format that gives both organizations and users peace of mind.
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