What is the Difference between ZTNA and VPN?

When providing remote access, the default choice for many IT teams is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) solution. The need to deliver strong security for remote access connections often drives this choice. Prioritizing security is the right approach. However, there are better ways to achieve this that are easier to manage than using a VPN.

Zero Trust has High Security Built-in

Maintaining security is crucial for organizations of any size. With HAaaS, organizations can provide speedy access while also maintaining remote connection security.

In today’s world of cybersecurity threats, HAaaS provides secure connections via encrypted tunnels. This encryption guarantees that data exchanged between data centers, Cloud platforms, and remote workers remains confidential and protected from potential attackers.

HAaaS uses the latest TLS 1.3 protocol to ensure secure connections with certificate-based security. To further enhance security, HAaaS integrates endpoint security via the Cloudbrink Client and establishes secure connectivity through tunnels on the FAST Edge network access points and data center servers. The ZTNA service also employs TLS 1.3 to deliver a mature zero-trust solution, making Cloudbrink’s HAaaS highly secure.

By utilizing Automated Moving Target Defense (AMTD), security certificates get updated hourly, leading to increased security and fewer chances for attacks. Attackers have a limited time to exploit system weaknesses before any potentially compromised certificate gets changed.

Cloudbrink’s HAaaS architecture uses dynamic PKI certificates to guarantee secure TLS communication between all components. These certificates refresh regularly to sustain a high level of security, without affecting the user experience. Moreover, all connections from the client to back-end servers are encrypted using TLS 1.3 at each stage, ensuring that attackers cannot intercept any communication within the HAaaS platform.

High-Performance Remote Connectivity in Zero Trust

HAaaS utilizes a personal SD-WAN model that deploys a highly efficient client to endpoint devices. This client works in conjunction with the FAST Edges in the cloud to provide an optimized and enhanced level of performance. Performance is boosted by:

Global FAST Edge Presence — HAaaS has a global reach through the FAST Edge points of presence (POPs). These POPs are automatically established with zero-touch provisioning near the end user, allowing HAaaS to quickly adapt to changes in demand and provide optimal performance. With the ability to scale to thousands of FAST Edges without network administrator involvement, remote workers benefit from fast connectivity by being connected to the nearest POP, which reduces data travel distance and enhances overall access speeds.

Network Optimization — HAaaS can optimize bandwidth usage and improve access speeds by monitoring the state of available web network routes. By using intelligent traffic routing, HAaaS can dynamically select the most efficient connection, minimize latency, and switch between routes in real-time to enhance the experience for every user.

Application Prioritization — When working remotely, it’s common to require access to multiple applications, such as video conferencing software, file-sharing platforms, or CRM systems. With Cloudbrink HAaaS quality of experience technology, remote users can experience high performance across all application types. The application prioritization technology in HAaaS removes the frustrations commonly experienced while using video conferencing solutions. The annoying pixelated or frozen screen issues associated with poor network connectivity get eliminated, as are similar audio glitches that can occur when people switch to audio-only web-based meetings due to video issues caused by poor network connections.

Cloudbrink HAaaS: A Zero Trust Solution for Modern Remote Access

Cloudbrink's Hybrid Access as a Service (HAaaS) with ZTNA functionality is a better and more modern way to deliver remote access for remote and hybrid staff. Based on zero-trust and dark network principles, HAaaS provides highly secure remote access without the management overhead that comes with a VPN and other ZTNA offerings. HAaaS is optimized for media-rich applications and video conferencing solutions, ensuring high performance regardless of the current number of users, their location, or network capacity.

Cloudbrink delivers robust security and industry-leading remote access performance in HAaaS via a global network of FAST Edge points of presence distributed across worldwide cloud data centers.

In Summary, while VPN solutions have been the default choice for remote access for some time, the changing business landscape requires a different approach. ZTNA offers a highly secure alternative to VPN perimeter security that is easier to deploy and manage. Cloudbrink HAaaS builds on a foundation of ZTNA and other technologies, such as SD-WAN, to deliver the security businesses need plus the performance and user experience staff demand.

Embracing HAaaS over VPN solutions will boost staff productivity and enable your IT team to focus on more important tasks than micromanaging remote access.

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