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Secure Remote Access Solution for Work from Home during Covid-19

Technology Overview

With countries announcing lockdowns and employees are forced to work from home due to Covid-19, many businesses found themselves in an exceptionally challenging situation. While many IT departments started using a VPN to quickly facilitate remote access to IT systems, the large numbers of remote employees and increasing workloads resulted in unanticipated stress on the enterprise VPN, causing chokepoints, adding latency, and heightening cybersecurity risks. Security teams have begun looking at alternatives and modern approaches like Zero Trust are swiftly becoming the preferred security paradigm for today's distributed and hybrid IT ecosystems. 

The company offers an enterprise-grade Zero Trust Remote Access solution to provide secure and compliant access to IT systems for employees working remotely / from home. The solution allows organizations to quickly enable teams of remote workers without sacrificing security or productivity as well as provides secured remote access to IT administrators and external vendors to manage systems – all without the need for a VPN. It is easy to implement and manage, requires minimal changes to the existing IT environment, and can be deployed remotely. The solution also includes 2-factor authentication, enables protection from malware as well as data leakage prevention, and is cost-effective.  

 

Technology Features & Specifications

The solution is powered by Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture, private-permissioned Blockchain and Transport Layer Security (TLS) technology. It offers a single platform for providing secure remote access to systems on-prem, in the Cloud as well as connected devices. 

Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture renders critical infrastructure invisible to attackers; while customized agents along with Blockchain and TLS technology delivers a new breed of digital identity and access control for all users and their devices. The solution leverages digital IDs for authentication and controlled access, not just IP address; thereby securing and tightly ring-fencing critical systems - whether on-premise or in the cloud. It securely provides RDP access to user desktops within the corporate LAN from authenticated and authorized remote user devices.

The Zero Trust setup allows for micro-segmentation while the decentralized architecture ensures there's no single point of failure while providing a robust, scalable, and highly-resilient system for large scale distributed and hybrid IT infrastructure.

The solution is integrated with 2FA.

 

Potential Applications

The solution has enabled enterprises to quickly provide secure and compliant remote access to on-prem and Cloud-based applications for employees working from home. 

It has allowed organizations to quickly enable teams of remote workers without sacrificing security or productivity as well as provides secured remote access to IT administrators and external vendors to manage systems – all via a single integrated system and without the need for a VPN.

The integrated 2FA provides an additional layer of security.

 

Market Trends and Opportunities

With countries announcing lockdowns to control the transmission of the Covid-19 pandemic, employees are forced to work from home, and most businesses have found themselves in an exceptionally challenging situation and largely uncharted waters from a cybersecurity perspective. To quickly facilitate remote access to IT systems, many IT departments started by using VPNs. While this speedily allowed for business continuity, the large numbers of remote workers and increasing workloads resulted in unanticipated stress on the enterprise VPN, causing chokepoints, adding latency, and heightening cybersecurity risks.

The rapid migration of applications to the cloud and the highly distributed workforce have resulted in a largely hybrid and distributed IT environment. And, the VPN - what was once an effective remote access tool - has become increasingly insufficient to address the needs of today’s modern digital enterprise. Security teams have been looking at alternatives and modern approaches like Zero Trust are swiftly becoming the preferred security paradigm for today's distributed and hybrid IT ecosystems. 

Enterprises seeking to adopt this technology to provide secure and compliant remote access for clients / employees working from home, could explore the deployment of the technology with their existing infrastructure / integration with platforms or embedding the technology within their own solution offerings to clients.

The company is open to further co-innovation projects with potential partners.

 

Customer Benefits

The solution has enabled enterprises to quickly provide secure and compliant remote access to on-prem and Cloud-based applications for employees working from home. 

It allows organizations to quickly enable teams of remote workers without sacrificing security or productivity as well as provides secured remote access to IT administrators and external vendors to manage systems – via a single integrated system and without the need for a VPN.

Benefits include: 

1. It is easy to implement and manage

2. Requires minimal changes to the existing IT environment

3. Can be deployed remotely

4. Includes 2-factor authentication

5. Provides protection from malware

6. Prevents data leakage

7. Provides immutable and tamper-proof logs for instant visibility and control

8. Delivers micro-segmented access and an invisible access gateway

And, is cost-effective.  

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