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Interest in Zero Trust has exploded recently, partly due to its catchy name and seemingly broad usage throughout the cyber security industry (Zero Trust washing?). But, there is also another more compelling reason for the rise in interest in Zero Trust – we really need it.
When speaking with customers, many of them tell me they are struggling to get a handle on the risks associated with hybrid work and direct-to-app connectivity. The new reality is that our attack surfaces have expanded dramatically while cyberattacks continue to grow in volume and sophistication. The whack-a-mole approach of deploying a new tool for every type of application or threat makes security management and enforcement way too complex.
Most organizations have discovered that old and clunky VPN-based solutions just don’t cut it from a security and performance perspective. These legacy solutions have no concept of context and thus do not understand how to apply application, user or device-based, least privilege access. Instead, they give trusted access to entire network segments. In the world of hybrid work and cloud migration, legacy VPN is dead.
Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) approaches emerged to address the challenges caused by legacy VPN. However, the first generation of products (which we call ZTNA 1.0) have proven more dangerous than helpful because of several critical limitations:
Clearly, ZTNA 1.0 falls short on the promise of replacing legacy VPN. We need a different approach.
At Palo Alto Networks, we believe it’s time to move towards a new approach we’re calling ZTNA 2.0. Delivered from Prisma Access, ZTNA 2.0 is designed around an easy-to-use, unified security product. ZTNA 2.0 solves the shortcomings of ZTNA 1.0 by delivering the following:
Today, work is no longer a place we go, but an activity we perform. At the height of the pandemic, many businesses focused on trying to scale their VPN infrastructure. When that didn’t work, they quickly pivoted to the ZTNA 1.0 solution, only to discover it didn’t live up to their expectations. ZTNA 2.0 is the necessary paradigm shift to overcome the existing limitations of ZTNA 1.0, and it is the right architecture to support your organization in the long term.
Listen to this announcement from June 15 where I discuss in more depth how ZTNA 2.0 with Prisma Access can secure your hybrid workforce.