July 06, 2021//Cory ShirkLast Updated: October 26, 2021
According to the recent Executive Order (“EO”), “Zero Trust Architecture allows users full access but only to the bare minimum they need to perform their jobs. This data-centric security model allows the concept of least-privileged access to be applied for every access decision, where the answers to the questions of who, what, when, where, and how are critical for appropriately allowing or denying access to resources.”
There are two key components of remote access that align with the principles of Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). While all aspects of Zero Trust Network Access are important and critical for securing third-party remote access, secure connectivity and the least privilege principle are the top players in the remote access game.
VPN solutions are based on implicit trust. This makes connectivity vulnerable right from the start of a user session. Strong remote access management platforms should remove any implicit trust (starting with zero trust – hence the name) and only grant access based on these factors:
The least privilege principle is about granting the least amount of access possible for a third party to perform their job. Third parties are permitted to access only the specific IPs that are approved resources. Everything else on the network remains invisible and inaccessible.
Beyond the above two components, remote access management platforms should have auditing capabilities that include features like HD video recordings of all screen activity and logs of all keystrokes. This ensures that organizations know the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of remote access sessions and can export all of it to demonstrate compliance.
Zero Trust Network Access is a top priority for IT teams, and if it’s not, it should be. If your client mentions third-party remote access or Zero Trust, you’ve just uncovered two great opportunities:
To encourage the conversation, here’s an easy question Partners can ask their clients: “What do third parties currently utilize to access your corporate network?” If their answers are in the likes of VPNs or remote desktop sharing tools, your clients are missing out on more secure and efficient opportunities that would not only save them time, money, and resources, but could also create revenue for you.
By partnering with the SecureLink team, you’ll have access to seasoned solutions architects and experienced cybersecurity sales reps who will help your clients understand the importance of securing organizational networks and remote access connectivity. SecureLink allows you and your customers to control who has access to their network and meet the stringent criteria of many highly regulated customers. Our goal is to build up your portfolio of services by making you the security solution your clients need, whether they know it or not.
If you’re interested in becoming a partner, reseller, or referral for SecureLink, visit the SecureLink Partner page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information about our Partner program and benefits.