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The Limits of Legacy VPN Remote Access

February 23, 2021

There’s no denying that the way we work has changed dramatically over the last year. Most employees are now working remotely and, along with ever-growing ecosystems of partners and third parties, need access to company applications and data from wherever they work.

The threat landscape has also changed.  Bad actors are increasingly taking advantage of the expanded attack surfaces that legacy remote access technologies, combined with open networks and vulnerable applications, expose as they grow to support more users.

VPNs, often implemented with physical appliances at the private network’s edge, are showing their age against today’s demands and threats.  Not only do they struggle to scale to meet today’s needs because of deployment and management complexity, but they also increase network, application, and user risks.

What can organizations do to keep up with the pace of change, overcome legacy limits, and safely enable their employees and partners? Businesses must look for simple and more flexible secure access solutions that both improve their security posture while accelerating the business. 

It’s time to take a look at Zero Trust Network access.

Modern Zero Trust Access 

Zero Trust is not just a popular security philosophy these days, it also offers a simple but powerful alternative to legacy VPNs.  In a zero trust access world, no user gains access to any enterprise applications without being given explicit permissions first. Zero Trust Access is a more secure implementation, further assuring that users never touch the enterprise network or applications directly. This achieves strong isolation and greatly reduces attack surfaces and risk.

With a modern zero trust access solution, users can access from their own devices secured via a cloud-based system that secures communications end-to-end from coffee shops, communal workspaces, or any insecure connection or potentially hostile environment. That same cloud architecture gives enterprise IT control not only over who can access enterprise cloud applications but strict control over what they can access according to continuously evaluated policies. Based on  user conditions, organizational policies could deny access, allow limited access, or  enable access but activate strong monitoring.

Cloud-Centric Scalable and Simple

Axis security was founded to address these issues head-on. Application access must be simple to implement, easy to use, and much more secure than legacy solutions.  It should quickly enable employee and third-party users while eliminating the complexity of legacy VPNs. There should be no boxes to deploy, and users should access applications the same way that they access their consumer applications, through any browser on any device, no client software required.

As a cloud-centric solution, Application Access Cloud mediates access between users and apps without users ever gaining access to the network or apps themselves. Using Zero Trust principles, the solution establishes a secure, virtual infrastructure across users, their devices, and the network itself.  

Axis Security: Your New Favorite Access Control Solution

The world is changing at a rapid pace, and the threat landscape is changing just as fast. 21st-century organizations need a 21st-century solution to their remote access security troubles. We’re changing the game with our fast to deploy, simple to use, and secure solution: The Application Access Cloud.

To learn more about how we can help you find the perfect VPN alternative, and achieve secure access once and for all, download our white paper: Overcoming the Legacy VPN Dilemma.

About the Author

Tamir Hardof
CMO
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamir/
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