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Remote Access VPN vs ZTNA Connections - The Differences and Synergies

  • 30 Jan 2024

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VPNs were first introduced by Microsoft in 1996 to create a secure private connection between a user’s device and the internet. They were adopted for network security by businesses in the early 2000s, and while they were used for decades as cybersecurity heroes, corporate VPNs are now a retiring entity that can’t meet the needs of today’s cloud-centric and mobile-first world. Fortunately, a new secure remote access model has evolved to meet these needs - cue Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA).

Here’s an infographic to lay out everything you need to know about what’s common between VPNs and ZTNA and what sets them apart.

Remote Access VPN vs ZTNA Connections


What's The Final Verdict?

Remote access VPNs have not suddenly gone extinct as they continue to offer a sophisticated level of security for corporate networks and remote teams. Yet, like most other security-aware businesses, you too will want to consider ZTNA for providing advanced secure remote access in the cloud-centric, work-from-anywhere era. You don’t have to let go of your VPN to adopt ZTNA - it can coexist with other security solutions with ease.

Interested to learn more? Here’s another infographic on why ZTNA is fast becoming a CISO favorite.

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