September 04, 2019//Tony HowlettLast Updated: September 06, 2019
Providing remote access for your third-party vendors is an essential part of doing business. Whether it’s Amazon’s AWS, Google’s G Suite, or a custom platform, most enterprises have migrated their back-office, e-commerce, and other operations to cloud applications and remote services infrastructure. This outsourcing makes good business sense because it can save a significant amount of money. But, dependence on third-party vendors also comes with security risks and challenges.
Each vendor needs a different type of access depending on the function they perform. This makes it difficult to track connections and session activity. In order to identify third-party users and monitor their network sessions, certain functionality must be in place.
Traditionally, companies have turned to VPN solutions to authenticate users and provide access for sessions. VPNs are identity-based solutions that work well with employees and/or permanent contractors because they can access your company’s directory. But VPNs don’t really provide a solution for secure vendor access management. Your vendors’ employees are unknown and may be transient.
To reduce the risk of cyberattack and other breaches, rules need to be defined and enforced for an ever-changing population of third-parties. Shared logins and passwords, VPNs, and desktop sharing tools are not the answer. Companies must have a purpose-built vendor access management solution that ensures vendor accountability and industry compliance.
In order for you to maintain a clear view of vendors on your network, a suitable third-party remote access management tool should be implemented with these capabilities:
Implementing a secure vendor privileged access management platform allows businesses to understand who is connecting to their network and ensures their activity is controlled and monitored. To learn more about the importance of choosing the right remote access tool for vendors to connect to your network, check out our helpful brochure.