Not long ago, network security was still relatively simple: Build a secure perimeter around resources and protect what’s inside. Then apps moved to the cloud, remote work became a necessity and employees began using personal devices for work. Your attack surface expanded—a lot. Today most enterprises are looking to adopt a zero trust security strategy by replacing traditional VPN. Traditional VPN solutions no longer apply in a world where resources can be accessed from both managed, unmanaged and BYO devices. You need a better way to protect corporate data—one that matches current complexities of the modern work environment. That’s where a strong VPN alternative comes in.
As remote work continues to rise, so does the need for zero trust network access. Three in 10 employees will continue to work from home even in times of stability1, and they’ll need secure access to resources—including SaaS and web-based apps—from new locations and different devices. Companies that fail to quickly replace traditional VPNs in the midst of these modern complexities face some serious security risks. By over-simplifying authentication and putting blind trust in users once network access is granted, these outdated solutions will continue to put your corporate data centers and underlying networks in a vulnerable position. Thankfully, there is a fast and flexible alternative. Citrix Access Control securely delivers apps and data to your users and provides access at application layer. Anywhere, on any device, without the need for a VPN solution.
It's not just day-to-day risks that are a cause for concern. Attacks against corporations have been known to multiply four-fold during disruptions2, when hackers prey on the anxiety induced by unanticipated events like pandemics and power outages. Which is why you need a business continuity plan that establishes remote work as the norm—not the exception. Unlike traditional VPNs, which need to be configured and deployed individually across locations, Citrix Access Control is a fully-managed, globally available cloud service that auto-scales to match any surges in remote work requirements as they occur.
When it comes to the employee experience, traditional VPNs fall short. These solutions aren’t able to optimize apps or support different devices—let alone create an environment that powers productivity. And because they route both business and personal traffic through corporate IT, VPNs can also get in the way of employee privacy. A better option is the VPN alternative that provides seamless single sign-on (SSO) access for a consistent experience across operating systems. As the simplest, most secure cloud-based digital workspace available today, Citrix Workspace provides a superior employee experience—without exposing your organization to unnecessary risk or creating privacy issues.