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5 Reasons Enterprises Need a New Application Access Model

Many businesses are still using very old technology, such as remote desktops, virtual private networks (VPNs), and proxies, in order to provide remote access to their applications for employees and third parties. This whitepaper points out that the network security parameters used alongside these systems are vulnerable to being attacked, and that despite recognition of this fact, businesses are still providing access via these same methods.

Today, however, some enterprises are being forced to take on different methodologies for providing third-party access due to the number of high-profile security breaches in recent history. This change is also due to important developments including partner/third party ecosystems, the mobility explosion, challenges involved in cloudification, adoption of zero-trust models, and the increasing prevalence of software as a service (SaaS) in information technology applications.

This whitepaper explains five reasons why enterprises need new application access models in closer detail. Contractors, suppliers, partners, franchises, and other third parties are increasingly being used by companies to push their business forward. However, as businesses continue to third parties to their ecosystem, they weaken their firewalls and their digital security practices come under threat.

The increasing number of mobile devices in use, which exceeds the population of the Earth, also raises security concerns for enterprises. Current security solutions make it more complex to establish trust with mobile devices, and proposed solutions are often ineffective and fail to live up to expectations. The use of cloud computing among enterprises has greatly increased due to its many advantages, but there are also disadvantages that come with this new technology. The adoption of a zero-trust model, where all users and devices are treated as untrustworthy, greatly affects traditional access approaches. The prevalence of software as a service with IT applications has changed the expectations of users when accessing non-SaaS apps.

This whitepaper addresses all these problems and how they can be solved with new access architecture and application models.