A Modern Alternative to VPN: Zero Trust Network Access with Citrix Secure Private Access Technology 06-14-2023 What is Zero Trust Network Access? Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) is a strategy that embraces least-privilege secure access. It is the concept that users and applications should never inherently be trusted and only have access to the specific resources they need and nothing else. This means instead of allowing for remote network connections through technologies like VPN, VDI, or allowing in-office users to go directly to business resources simply because they are on the corporate network. Trust is only granted once traffic is inspected, the entity is properly validated, and policy is met. Then Connections are established only through outbound connections from the app to the Zero-Trust service. Why is it Time to Adopt Zero Trust? 77% of companies believe they will enable a hybrid work environment going forward. But security threats have risen 500% year over year due to this new work reality, yet IT budgets are only increasing 5% each year. Zero Trust not only allows users to safely connect to business resources from anywhere – regardless of their device, location, or network, but also helps prevent compromises, lateral movement, and data from getting into the wrong hands. Securely Support BYOD & Unmanaged Devices with Citrix Secure Private Access Citrix Secure Private Access (SPA) is a cloud-delivered Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution that delivers adaptive access to IT-sanctioned applications whether they are deployed on-prem or in the cloud. Traditional VPN solutions provide access at the network level and are: Prone to network-level attacks Require backhauling of all traffic Often requires device management to capture the state of the end-user device Citrix Secure Private Access helps avoid these risks. Secure Private Access provides access only at the application layer, thereby preventing network-level attacks, does not require backhauling, thereby providing a much better end-user experience, and provides IT with a set of security controls offering employees with a choice to access IT-sanctioned applications on any device, regardless of it being managed or BYOD. Traditional security approaches extend the corporate network to users. But with today’s hybrid workforce, this leaves your resources in danger of attacks. Citrix Secure Private Access is different. It connects your users at the application level, making it easy to improve your security posture in a remote-first world. You can replace your VPN with cloud-delivered ZTNA and create a successful BYOD program. Use adaptive authentication and adaptive access policies based on device posture, location, and risk scores. Your employees access the resources they need, on the devices they want to use, while you keep their data secure. Still not convinced? Check out 5 reasons your IT team needs Citrix Secure Private Access. What can you achieve with Citrix Secure Private Access & Choice Solutions? Our Citrix SPA Jumpstart service offers a seamless transition to Zero Trust Network Access, protecting your business resources and improving user experience. Adopting a ZTNA security approach with Citrix SPA allows you to confidently navigate the hybrid work environment, keeping your users, data, and resources secure. For more information on our Jump Start offering and take the first step towards ZTNA with us today. We recently hosted a Webinar on this same topic; in this recording, we dive into more details on what Citrix SPA is, discuss the use cases and features during the Demo portion, and answer questions from customers and users who were in the session. For more information about our Citrix services and support offerings, check out our Citrix Support Page. FAQs Q: What is Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)? A: Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) is a security strategy that operates on the principle of least-privilege secure access. It means that users and applications are never inherently trusted and are only granted access to the specific resources they need. Trust is only established once traffic is inspected, the entity is validated, and policy is met. Q: How is ZTNA different from traditional VPN solutions? A: Unlike traditional VPN solutions that provide network-level access and can be prone to network-level attacks, ZTNA establishes connections only through outbound connections from the app to the Zero-Trust service. This approach prevents unauthorized access to business resources and improves security. Q: What is Citrix Secure Private Access? A: Citrix Secure Private Access is a cloud-delivered ZTNA solution that provides adaptive access to IT-sanctioned applications, whether they are deployed on-premises or in the cloud. It operates at the application layer, preventing network-level attacks and providing a better end-user experience. Q: How does Citrix Secure Private Access enhance IT security? A: Citrix Secure Private Access enhances IT security by preventing network-level attacks, eliminating the need for backhauling, and providing IT with a set of security controls. It allows employees to access IT-sanctioned applications on any device, managed or BYOD, thereby improving security. Q: How does ZTNA support a hybrid work environment? A: ZTNA supports a hybrid work environment by allowing users to safely connect to business resources from anywhere, regardless of their device, location, or network. It helps prevent compromises, lateral movement, and data from getting into the wrong hands. Q: What are the benefits of using Citrix Secure Private Access for BYOD? A: Citrix Secure Private Access supports BYOD by providing access only at the application layer, thereby preventing network-level attacks. It does not require device management, offering a better end-user experience, and allows employees to access IT-sanctioned applications on any device. Q: How does ZTNA help in preventing network level attacks? A: ZTNA helps prevent network-level attacks by operating at the application layer. It only grants access once traffic is inspected, the entity is validated, and policy is met, thereby preventing unauthorized access to the network. Q: How can ZTNA improve the end-user experience? A: ZTNA improves the end-user experience by providing secure and adaptive access to IT-sanctioned applications. With solutions like Citrix Secure Private Access, there’s no need for backhauling, which often slows down the user experience. It allows users to access the resources they need on the devices they prefer, enhancing user satisfaction and productivity.