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The Scouts acknowledged the necessity to “Be Prepared” over 100 years (!) ago; the industry should have, as well.

Yet COVID-19 took businesses – more like the entire world – by surprise. Very few were prepared for the explosion of remote access, and the challenge of instantly shifting an entire organisation to work from anywhere.

Cato Networks shared its increase in remote access usage post coronavirus outbreak. The trend is clear.

Remote access has become an essential pillar for ensuring business continuity; nevertheless, the requirements to enable this, especially at a time of crisis, can be overwhelming.

The industry is undergoing a paradigm shift. In the past, most works were performed from the office, and only a subset of the business operated remotely. Today, most (if not all) users require secure and optimised access to applications from remote.

Legacy VPN isn’t suited to support this shift. It was designed for sporadic access by a subset of the userbase. If you think that scaling legacy VPN is simple, think again. It’s complex, expensive, and takes too long to be considered an instant solution for an urgent need.

What’s needed is a remote access solution that evolved to fit the new reality, supporting an entire business globally, at scale, and delivering strong authentication.

This is where Software-defined Perimeter (SDP), also referred to as Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), comes in. SDP is a new approach for delivering secure remote access to applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud. And, it certainly presents a viable alternative for legacy VPN.

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