Why You Need to Get on the Zero Trust Network Access Express Lane

Why You Need to Get on the Zero Trust Network Access Express Lane | CIO


Today’s work from anywhere culture, escalating ransomware, and an explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices are among the trends that are driving enterprises to rethink their approach to secure network access. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have long been the go-to method for providing remote users secure access to the corporate network. But time has shown that VPNs have serious limitations and are not the most secure option.

IT leaders are rethinking their strategies and increasingly considering another way to make access to private applications faster, easier, and more secure through Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). In 2021, Gartner saw a 127% increase in interest about ZTNA,  compared to the prior year – and most of the use cases centered on ZTNA as a replacement for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

Why VPN can’t deliver

For decades, VPNs have been championed as a secure way for remote workers to interact with corporate networks. VPNs deliver an encrypted tunnel, which makes it harder for a cyberthief to sniff the connection and steal enterprise data, but that’s pretty much all they do for security.

The biggest risk with VPNs is that malware can get into a user’s system, effortlessly ride the VPN and potentially infect the entire enterprise. VPNs typically don’t scan for viruses or other malware. Plus, they offer little or no protection for

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