September 14, 2023
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Readers Gain Practical Understanding of How ZTNA is Transforming Network Security and Compliance in the Modern Digital World
The modern business landscape has drastically evolved. Organizations have fully adopted digital transformation, migrated hefty amounts of their infrastructure and workloads to the cloud, and expanded their networks and connections to account for the new reality of remote and mobile work.
To account for the security and compliance challenges the new digital landscape has created, enterprises are adopting new products, services, and strategies. Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) has emerged to deliver optimized digital experiences, always-on connectivity, robust security, and the resilience needed to withstand relentless attacks while adhering to stringent regulations.
Zero Trust is a strategic approach to security and compliance. It helps to ensure that access to systems and data is only granted to specific groups of individuals and technologies in use, thus reducing the likelihood of data and systems falling into nefarious hands.
ZTNA is key to enabling effective Zero Trust. It is a product or service that creates a secure connection between users, applications, data, and devices. As an enabler of the widely accepted “never trust, always verify” approach to security and compliance, it goes beyond traditional VPN, firewall, and password solutions.
To help security and risk management leaders evaluate ZTNA offerings as part of a security service edge (SSE) strategy Gartner, a company that delivers actionable, objective insight to executives and their teams has published its 2023 Gartner Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). According to the research:
Gartner defines zero trust network access (ZTNA) as products and services that create an identity and context-based, logical-access boundary that encompasses an enterprise user and an internally hosted application or set of applications. The applications are hidden from discovery, and access is restricted via a trust broker to a collection of named entities, which limits lateral movement within a network.
ZTNA: Changing the Way We Approach Security
ZTNA is revolutionizing how organizations approach network security and user access. At its core, ZTNA is delivering numerous benefits and addressing a wide array of enterprise use cases, with ROI proven across all of these. In fact, ZTNA has earned the designation of leading category within most analyst houses due to the level of maturity it has attained.
ZTNA: Key Benefits
Although the array of top advantages ZTNA is known for are too vast to list in a single blog post, Gartner highlighted several in their new Market Guide. Among these were:
ZTNA: Top Use Cases
As ZTNA widens its sphere of influence, security and risk professionals continue applying it to increasing challenges. Similarly, the number of uses cases has grown beyond quantification here, but there are several identified in the Gartner Market Guide:
If you're currently relying on legacy VPNs, consider ZTNA as a replacement, especially for specific user groups like contractors, third parties, and your growing remote employee base or mobile workers. The shift towards ZTNA not only enhances security but also aligns organizations with a broader Zero Trust networking strategy.
ZTNA: Don’t Forget Resilience
While ZTNA is a game-changer, it's crucial to recognize that it's a component — albeit a pivotal one — of a broader Zero Trust strategy. There is no such thing as set-it-and-forget-it security, nor are Zero Trust and ZTNA the components necessary to protect assets in today’s complex digital ecosystem. As demands for capabilities such as resilience move into the mainstream, it is more important than it has ever been to make sure all security controls in place operate with maximum efficacy and always-on accountability. The best strategies and products can’t deliver any value if they are turned off.
ZTNA: Absolute’s Role
The rise of ZTNA underscores an industry-wide shift towards more secure, agile, and user-centric network access solutions. As digital borders expand and blur, embracing ZTNA is no longer optional but imperative for organizations aiming for growth, agility, security, and resilience.
Absolute Software was pleased to again be recognized in list of Representative Vendors. As the market widens and more competitors enter the field, we believe the recognition in the report demonstrates that our continued innovation and focus on resilience is delivering capabilities that support Zero Trust strategies across endpoints and network connections that not only ensure security but also always-on, optimised connectivity for stellar user experiences.
To learn more about ZTNA and the Representative Vendors in the market, download: 2023 Gartner Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)
Gartner, Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access, Aaron McQuaid, Neil MacDonald, and 2 more, 14 August 2023
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