NetMotion recently worked with IDC to release a Technology Spotlight on “The Evolution of the Software-Defined Perimeter for Mobile Remote Access.” Written by Phil Hochmuth, Program Vice President for Enterprise Mobility at IDC, the paper delves into the ever-evolving world of secure remote access.
The Technology Spotlight points out that many organizations are currently in a state of transition, replacing legacy systems with more dynamic options that support cloud and mobile technologies. It states that traditional security architectures are simply too static to successfully protect these environments.
The major takeaway? That a software-defined perimeter is a clear next step for those on their journey to SASE.
The transition to remote work
The significant shift to remote working environments was, of course, expedited by the global pandemic. According to IDC’s data, for many organizations this distributed working environment is not merely a short-term strategy:
57% of firms said that by 2021 they expect a significant portion of their workforce will be permanently remote – 25% or more.
This means that sustained, long-term strategies for enabling remote workers must now be top of mind for IT teams.
At the inception of the ‘work from home’ movement, many teams were focused on basics like content sharing, collaboration tools and simple remote access technologies. Now, however, their focus has shifted to rethinking how workers will access key IT resources, apps and technologies in a secure and efficient way.
IPsec VPN technologies that so many organizations have relied upon for years are simply not up to the challenge of meeting the businesses needs in this new normal phase of supporting end users. Additionally, badly implemented, dated security technologies have been known to hinder the end user experience and therefore worker productivity.
A remote access technology that meets security requirements, alongside improving the experience of remote working for end users is now essential for today’s organizations.
SDP – the evolution of remote access
The software-defined perimeter is becoming increasingly popular in the cybersecurity field as a way of enabling ‘zero trust.’ SDP solutions embrace zero trust, maintaining a more granular model for access control, with specific rules for users accessing specific applications, rather than perimeter-based approaches that only require one level of authentication to access the entire network.
“The essence of the zero trust concept is to start with a “default deny” position and then allow only specific access as it is granted.”Phil Hochmuth, IDC Technology Spotlight, The Evolution of the Software-Defined Perimeter for Mobile Remote Access
In the Technology Spotlight, IDC discusses the benefits of SDP as ‘reducing the enterprise attack surface.’ They recognize that while SDP is still early in development, it fits in perfectly with cloud and digital transformation efforts. High investment in SDP leads to greater rewards.
Hochmuth also speaks to the value that SDP brings to the user experience, regardless of an endpoint’s location. This anytime, anywhere access increases productivity and focuses on the critical resources to be protected.
IDC states that SDP is the anticipated evolution to firewalls and VPNs for remote access. It is simply the logical next step in ensuring security alongside productivity in our current working environment.
This Technology Spotlight also breaks down the NetMotion offering, showcasing its merits for organizations wanting to achieve secure remote access, without compromise.
Unlike most other SDP solutions, on top of simply ensuring the same level of ‘security experience’ for workers, regardless of their location, NetMotion actively improves the end user experience, with traffic optimization as well as session persistence. It does this while providing a robust software-defined perimeter, making it ideal for today’s agile workforce.
The visibility NetMotion can provide to IT admins is another value-add highlighted in the report. NetMotion provides a single pane of visibility into the entire distributed workforce. This goes a long way, not only in terms of ensuring security, but also in troubleshooting issues and recognizing productivity draining problems immediately. NetMotion also provides the controls to resolve such issues proactively.
Check out the IDC Technology Spotlight
- Best practices in financial services IT: Sean Croston from Goodbody
- Voices of NetMotion: advocating for mental health
- Neuro-Diversity in IT: How remote working has created a more even playing field
- Moving to the Cloud in Legal, working from anywhere and what the future holds
- Voices of NetMotion: the gender gap