Overcoming the Dangers of Virtual Private Networks

By Don Boxley Jr / July 11, 2019

Most consumers regard Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) as a credible means of securing their data transmissions and overall privacy. Few realize VPNs were initially designed to provide these benefits for on-premise settings, offering only limited efficacy on the assortment of mobile, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud technologies commonly used today.

In fact, in these environments it’s not uncommon for the perils of VPNs to outweigh their purported advantages. In February, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden wrote to the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (a subset of the Department of Homeland Security) about the “national security risk” of VPNs for government employees.

The concern for national security is just the latest in the long line of VPN problems in distributed settings including issues of privacy, enterprise security, and regulatory compliance. Many of the Senate’s most pressing apprehensions—about transmitting U.S. data over foreign servers—would be nonexistent if those data were securely routed at the application level with the flexibility of Software Defined Perimeters (SDP).

With the capability of providing these boons for enterprise security and privacy in hybrid and multi-cloud settings, these compartmentalized micro-tunnels eliminate the risk of VPNs for the secure transmission of all data, whether in the public or private sector.


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