4 Reasons Why The VPN is Not Dead

Apr 19, 2021

As one of the earliest ZTNA/SDP vendors in the market, Safe-T jumped on the “VPN is Dead” story early in our life.
It was our main marketing pitch, which was aligned with all the analysts and other SDP vendors.

But I would like to be the heretic here and claim that even though Safe-T is a proud ZTNA vendor, the VPN is in fact not dead; it is vulnerable, but definitely not dead.

I think it is enough to look at the evidence to agree the VPN is going nowhere anytime soon –

  1. Gartner released a recent market guide for VPNs, stating that – “The abrupt surge in remote working has made remote access and VPN a top priority of security and risk management leaders.”
  2. The last 18 months have shown many attacks on VPNs; the recent one was on an insurance company in Israel. This shows me VPNs are very much in use.
  3. According to research by Open VPN from May 2020, 68% percent of organizations, have expanded their use of VPN as a direct result of COVID-19.  And 99% of employees surveyed in the research believe their company will continue to use VPN after COVID-19.
  4. And last but not least, many discussions with our customers and partners have shown us that VPNs are here to stay.

Now, yes, there might be markets where VPNs are being phased out and replaced by ZTNA/SDP solutions or even SASE solutions.

I claim that these are mainly the markets that are already very cloud-oriented, so it’s easy to replace.
But what about all the other markets and companies that are more traditional – where VPNs service tens of thousands of users and are deeply integrated into the company’s core networks and DNA? Try telling a CISO of such a company to replace his/her VPN; I can tell you from experience that the reaction is not positive…

So, if you are a CISO ready to replace your VPN, we have a solution for you; ZoneZero SDP, a clientless ZTNA solution for non-VPN users.
But if you are a CISO at a company where the VPN isn’t going anywhere for the next couple of years, I’m happy to tell you we also have a solution for you, and, unlike our competition, you don’t need to replace your VPN (you didn’t expect that, did you?). It’s called ZoneZero VPN, and it is the only ZTNA solution for VPN users, achieved by integrating our ZTNA technology with any VPN solution out there. ZoneZero VPN has been validated and distributed by leading companies like Edvance and iValue.

With ZoneZero, you can support all access scenarios:

• All user types – people (managed or unmanaged), applications, APIs, and connected devices
• All user locations – external or internal
• All application types – new or legacy
• All application locations – cloud or on-premises

ZoneZero offers secure, transparent, and controlled access for all types of entities (people, applications, and connected devices) to any internal application, service, and data, such as HTTP/S, SMTP, SFTP, SSH, APIs, RDP, SMB, and WebDAV. It implements our patented reverse-access (outbound) technology which eliminates the need to open incoming ports in your firewall.

So, bottom line, the fact that the entire ZTNA/SDP market is trying to convince you, that you need to replace your VPN in order to achieve Zero Trust, isn’t true. Talk to us, we can show you how you can keep your VPN and be zero-trust compliant.


Dafna Lipowicz

VP of Human Resources

In her role, Dafna leads all HR activities at Safe-T, including: partnering with management team to advance and support the company vision and strategy, developing strategic HR plans and policies (training, compensation and benefits, etc.), organizational and managers development, recruitment and welfare. Dafna brings to Safe-T more than 17 years of experience in various HR managerial roles, in global and complex organizations as well as in growing start-ups (such as SanDisk, Logic Industries and Mantis Vision), specializing in establishing and leading HR departments, initiating and building organizational development, according to company strategy, management consultant, talent management and recruitment. Dafna holds both an LLB and an MA in Labor Studies from Tel Aviv University. She is also a certified mediator and group facilitator.

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