Advantages of Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) for businesses

One of the biggest risks that companies today face is cyber crime. And with the rise in remote working and the use of remote access VPNs to help keep business up and running as usual, there are now threats facing even the most dynamic of businesses. Zero Trust Network Access, or ZTNA, is a potential solution to the new issues facing businesses. But what is this? Well here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Preston’s leading IT support and network services experts. From secure remote access services to business VoIP, we are the team you can count on. And this is our guide to everything you should know about the benefits of ZTNA for businesses.

Remote working and VPNs

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, remote working has become the new normal, and this way of working has brought many benefits both for companies and employees. As a result, it seems like this may be a trend that will stay. the only downside to this currently is digital and internet safety for businesses. Most businesses are asking employees to sign into the company network through a remote access VPN. However, in the relatively short space of time that these have been in operation, the number of cyber crime activity being reported us over 300%, with 68% of all business related cyber crime involving a VPN. Criminals are using new techniques all the time to target companies and businesses with weak VPN structure and poor protection.

What is ZTNA?

Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) is a security method that requires verification from anyone accessing resources on a given network. Instead of automatically trusting the login information and device for access to the business network, a more secure process will be followed.

What are the advantages of ZTNA for businesses?

There are a number of advantages that businesses could benefit from by using ZTNA, and these include:

  • Using outbound connections only- with ZTNA, networks and applications are made invisible to users, which means that  IP addresses are never exposed to the internet. As a result, the network is much safer and more protected.
  • Scaling up with demand- with workforces ever shifting and changing, any measures you take need to be dynamic and versatile to respond to future changes. This is what ZTNA can offer, with support that scales up and grows with the demand of your business.
  • Limiting access- with ZTNA, users are limited to access individual apps only and not the whole network. While you will need to ensure that each team member has access to the aps they need, restrictions can help prevent threats and security issues, and can also help you keep data and sensitive information safe.
  • Using the internet instead of network- this model of remote working is entirely different in the sense that the internet system replaces the network system, using a cloud service with a wide range of security measures.

For more information or advice about your network security, systems, or cloud solutions, why not ask the experts today, here at Creative Network Solutions.