As employees are increasingly working remotely or working from their homes, businesses are presented with a slew of security and connectivity issues: The home network is now a key attack path into the enterprise; At the same time, employees need the speed and reliability they  had come to expect when in the office; Finally, organizations need the simplicity and the extended IT visibility to allow them to support users working remotely.

Ananda delivers strong zero-trust private networking functionality, avoiding legacy VPN and RDP vulnerabilities and risks, while also delivering a superior networking experience, including much higher speed, reliability, and reducing the complexity of deploying legacy solutions such as VPNs and first-generation SASE products.

Top Ten Remote Work Challenges

Below are ten remote work challenges to consider, many of which are no longer well addressed by a legacy business VPN solution or by first-generation SASE solutions.


1. Providing more granular access through zero-trust network access (ZTNA)

Legacy corporate VPN solutions open up your network to outside traffic and can be a conduit for attacks against it. Zero-trust network access, or ZTNA, provides secure, more granular access for specific user to designated network enterprise applications. Granting access should be dependent on authenticating and authorizing the end user and incorporating context, such as the location from which access is made.

2. Reducing the attack surface

Whether your organization is using a firewall, a VPN, or putting servers in the DMZ, at the end of the day holes need to be "punched" for users to connect to applications. An attacker can scan the network and potentially detect and exploit such holes. Organizations need to minimize the attack surface by eliminating all open ports and creating a “dark”, encrypted network that is virtually invisible to unauthorized users.

3. Segmenting your network

To prevent exploitation if and when a breach occurs, organizations need to enforce strong segmentation and prevent lateral movement within the network. VPNs and more modern SASE solutions mainly address the WAN connection and do not provide strong segmentation.


4. Connecting to the cloud

Modern organizations need to extend secure remote access beyond the data center, allowing secure connectivity to to IaaS, PaaS, SaaS  applications. Legacy solution such as VPNs were not designed for the cloud and therefore are often forced to backhaul traffic or become ineffective.

5. Delivering network performance

Legacy VPNs notoriously slow down your network. These days, organizations would like to offer remote users a network experience that is not inferior to their in-office experience. This calls for optimized protocols and routing for significantly faster access speed.

6. Delivering reliability

Solutions such as VPNs and even more modern SASE platforms introduce single points of failure and can cause higher latency, packet loss, and disconnections. With users working remotely more than ever, and sometimes working from far-away locations with unreliable connectivity, organizations need like to provide remote employees with improved connection quality, reducing disconnections, and minimizing latency.


7. Managing in the cloud

Legacy VPN solutions used to be managed locally. Today's IT managing a global, distributed organization would like to eliminate the need to deploy management applications or remotely access appliances, and instead needs to be able to manage everything  from the cloud.

8. Removing unnecessary hardware

Legacy VPN and many SASE solutions rely on hardware, which requires deployment, configuration, maintenance, and redundancy, and scaling. IT departments can eliminate unnecessary hardware and achieve significant efficiencies by doing so.

9. Improving the end user experience

Employees working remotely need a better user experience, reducing complexity and tedious chores such as being required to log in and  out over and over again, or manually specify VPN or SASE solution profiles.

10. Simplifying deployment and management

Deploying a global VPN solution could take weeks or months. SASE solution deployment can still take weeks and require significant configuration of all gateways and networks. Incorporating intelligence into the network can enable organizations to set up in the solution in minutes.

Contact us to learn how Ananda addresses all 10 challenges.

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