FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at an event in Washington, D.C. Security pros knew that attacks on VPNs had become serious when the FBI and CISA issued a warning last fall. Today’s columnist, Dor Knafo of Axis Security, says companies have to think of remote access as a high-priorty business continuity issue. FBI CreativeCommons (Credit: CC PDM 1.0)

A little more than a year ago I had the opportunity to interview 40 CISOs about their enterprise access challenges. They understood the limitations of virtual private networks (VPNs), yet not one IT leader had the appetite or intention of replacing their legacy access approach.

They weighed the weaknesses of these approaches, from operational issues to end-user experience and poor security against other priorities related to digital transformation and cloud migrations. The universal decision was that they could live with what they had. As it turned out, that was a bad idea.

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