Virtual private networks (VPNs) are used to provide users with remote access to corporate network resources. Several factors, however, have revealed incompatibility between VPNs and Zero-Trust security systems.
Businesses are concerned that VPNs will pose a serious threat to their operations. According to a Zscaler report, nearly half of IT professionals have seen an increase in VPN attacks since moving to remote networks.
More than 350 information technology experts working with international workforce companies were polled for the Zscaler report. 65% of companies are thinking about VPN alternatives, and 80% are actively pursuing a Zero-Trust security strategy.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐙𝐞𝐫𝐨-𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲?
Trust cannot be granted to any user, device, or web app, according to the Zero-Trust security concept. As a result, unlike a VPN-based security infrastructure, every data exchange can be regarded as a threat.
Three main ideas underpin the Zero-Trust security concept.
- The first step is to consistently verify, authenticate, and approve every connection attempt.
- The second step is to reduce risks; users and applications should only have access that is required to complete their tasks.
- Finally, a Zero-Trust architecture is developed to lessen the impact of attacks and breaches.
VPNs have become a common target of cybersecurity attacks, as evidenced by recent high-profile breaches. A Zero-Trust architecture can help protect against an evolving threat landscape.