SDP or VPN? (Or both?)

Oct 13, 2021

This white paper describes the variety of issues that can arise when establishing a remote workforce. It compares the benefits of Safe-T’s ZoneZero® SDP with generic enterprise VPN products and how sometimes, they can run in tandem for superior security results.

If you are a CISO, CTO, IT administrator, or other personnel involved with IT security, this document is for you.

What’s inside?

This paper covers how gradual steps toward a full SDP solution can help your organization’s security needs. Items discussed include:

  • ZoneZero SDP deployment options
  • How to deploy Safe‑T’s Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) SDP solution inline or side-by-side with an existing corporate VPN
  • How your enterprise can benefit from both SDP and VPN solutions

Soaring Number of Cyber Attacks

The number of high-impact devastating cybercrimes is increasing annually. Today’s hackers use malicious software tools such as purchased or open-source malware to commit identity and financial theft, steal business data, and launch ransomware attacks.

A growing number of hackers operate as gangs using organizational structures similar to commercial businesses, and an increasing number of trained professional cybercriminals are sponsored by governments.

Example reports on hacking trends:

  • RSA Conference, August 2021: “As we move into the third quarter of 2021, the trend is brutally obvious and increasingly alarming: Ransomware attacks are everywhere.”
  • Check Point Software, July 2021 “Mid-Year Security Report reveals a 29% increase in cyberattacks against organizations globally.”
  • Business Insider, June 2021: “Major Cyberattacks Are on the Rise in the US, Experts Say.”


Traditional Enterprise VPNs

The main function of an enterprise virtual private network (VPN) is to enable end-users to perform their daily work remotely and securely. A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel through the Internet from a user’s device to an internal corporate network.

The encrypted connection is designed to ensure that sensitive data is transmitted securely. The theory is, that unauthorized individuals will be prevented from eavesdropping on internal traffic. However, VPN software clients and servers are regularly breached by hackers.

The Rise of The Flexible Hybrid Remote Office

There has been a large surge in the number of employees working from home (WFH) instead of at their employer’s physical office.

Many companies are discovering that an all remote, or partially remote hybrid workplace is a good idea. A hybrid office provides a win‑win solution empowering both employers and employees.

Remote workers are usually more productive, more cost-effective, and far more scalable than a workforce required to commute to the office every day.

Newly hired millennials expect to be able to work remotely whenever and wherever they choose. The COVID-19 pandemic has also significantly contributed to the soaring rise in remote workers.

Many employees are locked down at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The result has been an unanticipated increase in remote users who need secure access to their organization’s servers and applications.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a huge experiment in widespread remote working. Business leaders are evaluating permanent remote working arrangements as a way to meet employee expectations and to build more resilient business operations.”

*Source: Gartner

As the number of remote workers continues to increase, so hackers continue to attack remote WFH employees. Most organizations do not have enough administrators who know how to configure secure remote access. The lack of administrative personnel has created a dangerous VPN attack surface.

This white paper describes core security issues that may arise when establishing a remote workforce, and how running SDP in tandem with your existing enterprise VPN can provide superior security results with minimal disruption.

If you are a CISO, CTO, IT administrator, or other personnel involved with IT security, this document is for you.

To download the full report:

Safe-T ZoneZero SDP Compared VPN


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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