When it comes to the workplace, we are office-bound no more. While it still may seem counterintuitive, most work today actually gets done (at least some of the time) from remote locations, not company offices. Whether from home, a co-working space, or an airport, subway, hotel, or Starbucks, employees and contractors alike can be found working virtually for a good chunk—or all—of their workday from public settings.
How does this reality affect enterprise security? Traditionally, the enterprise approach for working beyond the perimeter has relied on a virtual private network, or VPN. Yet while VPNs are the most common solution for enabling remote workers to access the corporate network and the data that resides on it, the shifts mentioned above have rendered them outdated when it comes to security. That’s because the idea was based on the assumption that users on a local network could be “trusted,” which resulted in a sizable attack surface being left vulnerable to potential attackers.
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