Zero Trust Networks

Zero Trust Network Access is designed to give users access over the internet to just the applications and services they need to have access to.

What is a Zero Trust Network?

Network and security support for “work from anywhere” is rapidly becoming a business essential. It’s no longer a choice between having an option that is good for remote workers or one for a mainly in-office situation. Now organisations need solutions that can adapt to different work models with the flexibility to securely address all workforce scenarios. And to provide simplified operations, consistent policy and protection, it’s critical to have unified management for remote users, branches, cloud, and data centres.

The Need for SD-WAN and ZTNA

To support hybrid work models, organisations need both software-defined networking in a wide area network (SD-WAN) and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) capabilities for more secure access and a better experience for remote users, whether they are on or off the network.

How Can We Help?

By working with our partner Juniper, we are able to assist any business or organisation with automation of their operations and improvement in user experiences.

For many years, opening a small branch office wasn’t easy. It was just as complex as opening any other office or plant. For connectivity, you would order an MPLS circuit from your vendor of choice and, depending on the country, wait somewhere between 30 and 120 days. MPLS was, and still is, expensive.

Juniper’s SD-Branch simplifies branch-office communications with AI-driven, SD-WAN, switching, Wi-Fi, and security delivered from the Juniper Mist cloud. Tunnel-free Session Smart™ Routing accelerates application performance for faster response times, while Mist AI™ automates operations and speeds troubleshooting. With visibility into the real-time service levels of individual users, network administrators can continuously fine-tune the network and optimise user experiences.

The Benefit of ZTNA

With most ZTNA solutions, a lightweight connector is placed in front of the application, and these applications are then published to the required users. Only the application, at a granular level, is published. Users do not get full network access as they would with legacy solutions. This eliminates the lateral movement issue, significantly reducing the threat surface. The user requests access to an application, and the platform mediates the initial connection. This is key to zero trust. There are no passthrough connections allowed.

The user’s identity is verified, and access is validated based on policy and context, such as user identity, device health, application type, and even the user’s location. The user and device are given no network access. It should be noted that with this type of platform, the traffic should be inspected throughout the session, which means if anything changes, such as the user’s IP address, the user is removed from the IDP, or the device posture fails, the access is revoked.

A good ZTNA platform will also have embedded DLP controls that disable upload and download as needed, block copy & paste of data, and can tell right away what data, if any, is being exfiltrated to an external source.

Speak to our team

If you have a question about Zero Trust Networks or would like to understand in more detail how it can benefit your business, please either give us a call on 0844 414 3007 or fill out the form below and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.