The rapid acceleration of the shift to remote work, in tandem with the rise of online threats, presents an acute challenge to many IT teams that will likely require new solutions. And while change is never easy, there may be additional opportunities to transform your organization for the better.
A Launchpad to Productivity
As you evolve your team’s digital toolbox, there is an additional opportunity to encourage adoption, by putting these tools just a click away. Modern authentication systems will provide your team with a curated selection of tools (namely, the ones they have access to), providing deep links that will take them straight to the appropriate dashboard — no more byzantine bookmarks or lengthy log-in flows.
First and foremost is the usability tax: VPNs are notoriously difficult to deploy and use. Between configuration hurdles, reliability hiccups, and clunky login applications — VPNs are a hassle for everyone, which often translates into a tremendous burden for your IT staff. Even when your VPN is functioning as intended, it introduces latency that can be anywhere from a mild annoyance to debilitating.
By design, VPNs filter all traffic through the same pipe, and when your employees are working remotely every packet has to be routed back to your VPN appliance at corporate HQ before it can begin making its way to the intended destination. That translates to latency and frustration, especially for globally distributed teams.
Zero Trust: A New Model for a New Era
Over the last few years, a new approach to online security has transformed how businesses secure themselves in the modern world of connectivity. It revolves around an idea called Zero-Trust security. Instead of employing the castleand-model model used by VPNs, with Zero-Trust there is never an assumption of trust. Every request to every application is digitally interrogated, regardless of where it came from or where it is going.
The Zero-Trust model was first popularized by Google in a research paper published in 2016, which explained how the tech giant had reinvented its internal security model such that it “considers both internal networks and external networks to be completely untrusted”. Since then, Zero Trust has been adopted and deployed by many other leading companies.
Give Your Team The Tools & Data They Need — And No More
One of the trickiest things for any company is ensuring everyone has access to the tools and data they need — but no more than that. That’s a challenge that becomes all the more difficult as a team scales.
As employees and contractors leave, it is similarly essential to ensure that their permissions are swiftly revoked. Managing these access controls is a real challenge for IT organizations around the world — and it’s greatly exacerbated when each employee has multiple accounts strewn across different tools in different environments.
How will you safeguard sensitive data and block malicious content, without slowing your employees and your IT team down?
Read this white paper to learn:
- Why your VPN probably isn’t doing its job anymore – and how to replace it
- The 10 best practices you can use to protect your global workforce without impacting employee productivity
- How you can keep your team of employees, contractors and partners productive and secure