How VPNs Are Changing to Manage Zero Trust Network Access

How VPNs Are Changing to Manage Zero Trust Network Access

What do a growing number of cyberattacks, emerging tech, such as artificial intelligence, and cloud adoption have in common? They’re all helping fuel the rise of zero trust. Zero trust network access is, in turn, changing the way we access the internet for work. Let’s take a look at how another common tool today — the virtual private network (VPN) — intersects with it.


Why VPN Is at Odds With Zero Trust Network Access


VPNs have been falling out of favor for some time. That’s because of the way in which the corporate network has changed. Many businesses are now using a hybrid cloud model where employees can access corporate systems and data that could be stored thousands of miles away.


Traditional VPNs can still create an encrypted connection tunnel between those employees and on-premise business systems. But as they need to route users through the physical corporate network infrastructure, these solutions tend to be slow and not user-friendly. This has become even more apparent in the age of extensive remote work.


There’s also the issue of security. Nowadays, many remote employees are using VPNs to access corporate assets from a variety of devices while at home. Others work from a public place, including a library or coffee shop, when it’s safe to do so. Digital attackers ..