Eliminating your VPNs

In the ever-evolving technology landscape, ensuring the security of your organization’s network has never been more crucial. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have been the standard solution for remote network access for a long time. However, it’s time to recognize that VPNs belong to the past and that more secure alternatives are available.


The VPN Dilemma

VPN technology has long been the go-to solution for providing secure access to your network from remote locations. It served its purpose well for many years. However, the technology landscape has shifted dramatically, and VPNs are now considered legacy technology for several reasons.

Cybersecurity Threats Targeting VPNs

One of the most critical reasons to rethink your reliance on VPNs is the surge in cyber threats targeting them. In recent years, cyber threat actors have continually set their sights on VPNs as a gateway to launch devastating ransomware attacks. These attacks can cripple your business operations, result in data breaches, and incur significant financial losses.


Embracing More Secure Solutions

So, what’s the alternative? Secure Service Edge (SSE) solutions offer a more robust and contemporary approach to network security. SSE merges network and security functionalities into a unified cloud-based platform, ensuring that your network is fortified against modern cyber threats. This allows organizations to “darken” their public network and eliminate any potential holes threat actors can target.

Why SSE is the Future

Here are some compelling reasons why SSE solutions are the future of network security:

  1. Enhanced Security: SSE solutions operate on a zero-trust model, ensuring that every session is meticulously verified, and devices are secure before allowing access to your network. This minimizes the risk of unauthorized access and strengthens your network’s security posture.
  2. Adaptability: As your business expands, SSE solutions can seamlessly scale to meet your evolving network demands, without the headaches of complex reconfigurations.
  3. Optimized Performance: By harnessing cloud resources, SSE solutions provide low-latency access to your applications and data, delivering a consistently smooth user experience, regardless of location.
  4. Streamlined Management: Unlike the often-complex configurations of VPNs, SSE solutions centralize policy administration and reporting, making it simpler to implement and maintain security protocols consistently.
  5. Cost-Efficiency: SSE’s cloud-based infrastructure eliminates the need for costly on-premises hardware, reducing operational expenses and simplifying your IT infrastructure.
  6. Support for Remote Work: In the era of remote work, SSE solutions empower your employees to connect securely from anywhere, without compromising your organization’s security.
Support for Remote Work

Making the Transition

Transitioning from VPNs to SSE solutions is a strategic move to fortify your network security. CIT can guide you through the process, from assessing your network infrastructure, to selecting the right SSE solution provider and implementing a smooth transition plan.

In conclusion, as a business leader, it’s essential to be aware of the changing landscape of network security. VPNs, while once reliable and the standard for remote access, are no longer sufficient to protect your organization from evolving cyber threats. Secure Service Edge (SSE) solutions offer a more secure, scalable, and user-friendly alternative.

Contact CIT today to explore how SSE solutions can transform your network security strategy.

Author: Nate, Director of Cybersecurity & vCISO

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