With remote and hybrid working now commonplace for organizations, many IT departments are weighing up the pros and cons of moving to a Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) model to replace traditional VPN, or other remote access approaches.
While the benefits of moving to ZTNA are compelling: improving user experience, providing enhanced security, reducing management overhead, and increasing visibility and control, it can often be a challenge to select the best approach for your business.
That’s why many organizations choose to work with an experienced partner, like Teneo, to support them in their adoption of a ZTNA service. Here are three key reasons why working with a ZTNA partner could help you in your journey:
Support in choosing the right technology
With more than 50 vendors claiming to have ZTNA offering and with no industry-defined standards, the choice of supplier and how they achieve their version of ZTNA service can be difficult to navigate. For example, vendors use various techniques to build connections from remote users to the network, including IPSec, TLS, DNS redirect, and VPN. And, yes, some vendors have modified their VPN solutions and are calling those ZTNA too.
This is where working with an experienced partner can help. By evaluating the pros and cons of each approach, you’ll save both time and money. And you’ll be confident that you’ve chosen the right technology to match your needs.
Help with understanding the ‘unknown unknowns’
It was back in 2002 when Donald Rumsfeld first coined the phrase ‘the unknown unknowns’. This refers to the things that we do not know. With security being a wide discipline, even experienced teams can benefit from advice and guidance when adopting new architectures.
While Teneo has its own in-house experts, it also leverages its partnerships with leading security vendors and distribution partners. This enables us to help customers consider all the factors around network access before making a technology decision. Teneo builds a comprehensive ZTNA Solution Requirements Documents for customers that can be used to compare different vendor solutions.
Dealing with constant change
Once a customer has made a choice and deployed a ZTNA solution, they often see it as a job done. And because or this they fall into a ‘set and forget’ mindset with their policy management. This is typically not through choice but due to day to day pressures of managing their environments.
Teneo addresses this by offering ZTNA as a service, which includes full lifecycle management. As things change on your network, Teneo’s team of engineers will make recommendations and implement agreed changes on your behalf. This ensures your network access policy is always up to date and relevant to the organization’s needs.
In summary, the benefits of ZTNA may be clear. However, choosing the right technology, and configuring and managing it may not be so straightforward.
For more information about Teneo’s ZTNA service, visit: www.teneo.net/zero-trust-network-access or book a 30-minute introductory session to explore how to implement a ZTNA solution today.