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How fit for purpose are VPNs for enterprise remote access?

PortSys has highlighted security and capability gaps that it believes exist in the VPNs that many organizations around the world are now using for business continuity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a recent article, Michael Oldham, CEO of PortSys, examines 'six key areas where VPNs fall short in securing the enterprise infrastructure':

  • Bandwidth – architecture and security needs of the modern hybrid enterprise stretch far beyond the configuration capabilities of today's VPNs. 
  • Segmentation – VPNs don't offer the deep level of granular controls necessary to prevent unauthorized access to critical resources.
  • Context – if organizations need to scale quickly, as with the current pandemic, the one-size-fits-all approach to VPN access doesn't take into account each end user's full context of access.
  • Complexity – clients often must be installed on remote machines for VPNs, adding yet another layer of complexity to the infrastructure.
  • Visibility – since VPNs use SSL-encrypted tunnels, the outside world can't see traffic going back and forth...but neither can internal enterprise security teams.
  • Reporting – organizations can't audit and report on access with VPNs, so they don't know who had access to what resources, and how they used those resources.

Read the article at https://portsys.com/business-continuity/



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