Pictured: a computer lab running on a network. (ProjectManhattan, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Virtual private networks have been around for decades, but the past year forced many organizations to expand their use to keep up with growing telework trends. In response, criminal and state-backed hacking groups stepped up their own exploitation of the technology as well.

A recent report from Zscaler found that VPNs are still overwhelmingly popular: 93% of companies surveyed reported that they have used them in some capacity. The flip side of that coin is a similarly broad recognition of the dangers and tradeoffs involved, with 94% saying they are also aware of the security risks associated with using VPNs and two-thirds (67%) acknowledging that they are considering alternative options for secure remote access.

Please register to continue.

Already registered? Log in.

Once you register, you'll receive:

  • News analysis

    The context and insight you need to stay abreast of the most important developments in cybersecurity. CISO and practitioner perspectives; strategy and tactics; solutions and innovation; policy and regulation.

  • Archives

    Unlimited access to nearly 20 years of SC Media industry analysis and news-you-can-use.

  • Daily Newswire

    SC Media’s essential morning briefing for cybersecurity professionals.

  • Learning Express

    One-click access to our extensive program of virtual events, with convenient calendar reminders and ability to earn CISSP credits.