Soha Systems, an enterprise-grade application security provider, has made its predictions concerning the VPN. In 2016, the VPNs, virtual private networks, will lose their effectiveness. This will be caused by the rapid growth of the cloud, extended use of mobile devices, and the shareconomy or sharing economy.
Nowadays, the Internet is increasingly becoming the source of corporate files and specific applications for mobile employees, partners, vendors, and contractors. The VPNs, white lists, and security groups are becoming less effective.
Enterprises can’t accept the idea that their networks can be accessed by anyone with the proper credentials. Several major data breaches have occurred in this regard such as the ones at the United States Office of Personnel Management or OPM, UCLA, and Target Corporation, an American retailer.
2016 is expected to bring higher demand for secure remote-access requirements. Enterprises will become more interested in a new “cloud DMZ.” Google, with its Beyond Corporation, has already adopted this approach by moving its IT resources to the cloud.
This new strategy will influence the scalability of the cloud and help enterprises provide application security as a service. In fact, it will operate independently, outside an enterprise’s network resources, delivering the necessary level of isolation between the Internet and corporate infrastructure. As a result, this will significantly reduce the risks of potential attacks and make the applications almost invisible to the public from the direct-attack aspect.
Given this new strategy, enterprises will have to change their approach. They need to understand that individuals shouldn’t always be trusted from the very beginning. Moreover, they will need to take serious consideration of which applications are absolutely necessary for each employee, depending on the device used and the location they are working form. Other criteria will be taken into account as well.
These cloud-based security solutions will enable enterprises to integrate application security, data path protection, management visibility, and identity access. This is important for allowing authenticated users to gain access to the resources they need.
Thanks to this approach, access will be more secured through identity-based management, well-protected controls, web application firewalls, data leakage and malware protection. All network resources can have such security services, no matter they operate in private and/or public clouds or run on the customer premises. This new security paradigm will deliver coherent visibility and control, which are vital for reaching the top level of security in the modern world of shared economy.