Organizations around the globe are now facing remote access challenges and requirements that just a short while ago seemed almost inconceivable.
Who could have imagined that the entire globe would transfer to home-based offices overnight? Even today, as many offices work in hybrid models (part-time in the office, part-time at home) if you stop to think about it for a second, that’s still billions and billions of people working remotely daily. Most of whom worked previously from the office.
That’s one mammoth remote access revolution.
On an organizational scale alone, the challenges are still plentiful. IT departments are out there, knee-deep in the corporate trenches, fighting to keep their networks safe and secure, while at the same time enabling seamless, easy remote access.
Their main issues:
- Providing employees and third-party contractors with simple access to internal resources.
- Enabling reliable access, regardless of user physical location or device.
- Enforcing strong multi-factor authentication.
- Ensuring both the security and the privacy of remote access sessions.
Mission impossible anyone?
Organizations that previously got by with conventional VPN solutions quickly realized that they needed something more when it came to security at scale.
Over the past two years alone, the need for Zero Trust Access Networks (ZTNA) has skyrocketed
Why? Because in a nutshell, ZTNA does what VPN alone, can’t:
1. It trusts no one by default
ZTNA does not automatically trust users inside or outside of an organization. If a user is in the LAN, there is no assumption of trust. Users must be successfully authenticated for a specific application before there is any visibility or access to that back-end service. ZTNA also incrementally opens access to users while continuously evaluating risk.
2. It grants least privilege access
ZTNA ensures that access is granted only to business applications and resources required to perform authorized tasks. Access is granted on a “need-to-know” least-privileged basis defined by granular policies. Group policies connect authorized users to narrowly defined back-end services.
3. It implements micro-segmentation
ZTNA separates security perimeters into small zones governed by separate access rules to keep data secure by reducing the size of a system’s attack surface.
4. It implements VPNs & ZTNA side by side
ZTNA and VPNs are always better together. Hackers consider third parties easy targets to breach. Third parties such as contractors, partners, and vendors can be security risks because they might not be aware of the organization’s security rules or may not pay close attention to them. Third parties usually do not need full access to an organization’s network. They need access only to specific back-end applications to perform their jobs. The solution for this is to use VPNs and ZTNA side by side. Internal users such as employees can use the existing VPN system. For these users there is no need to change the IT infrastructure and the user experience remains the same. Third parties such as contractors would use the Safe-T Authentication Gateway which grants “need-to-know” least-privileged access.
5. It achieves IT regulatory compliance
ZTNA implements strict user access controls and policies to protect the organization’s internal networks and servers to help
Safe-T ZoneZero™, Safe-T’s ZTNA solution introduces an evolution in the way organizations grant secure access to their services. Built on Safe-T’s Software-Defined Perimeter technology and reverse-access patent, it offers true secure and transparent access for all users to internal applications and data.
With its never trust, always verify mantra, ZTNA + Access Management solutions have emerged to make remote access both safe and straightforward.
Safe-T, together with Thales, SafeNet Trusted Access Solution offers a unique, combined solution that grants access to applications on a need-to-know basis only, while giving all users (managed and un-managed) fast and seamless access to the resources they need. The result is a best-of-breed solution that essentially controls who gets access and how access is granted to both internal and cloud services.
In this unique combination, Safe-T ZoneZero™ controls the access to the corporate services, while SafeNet Trusted Access enforces the appropriate access policy and authentication method.
To discover how your organization can benefit from these complementary solutions for more scalable and secure network access, contact: [email protected]