We’re excited to share that Wandera has been identified as a Representative Vendor in the Gartner “Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access” report. Wandera was named in the “ZTNA-as-a-Service” category in the 2020 report. [1]

ZTNA is used to describe the emerging market that would augment – and, in many cases, replace – traditional remote access technologies using modern, adaptive, and identity-based techniques that improve security, support a broader set of use cases, and enhance the end-user experience.

The recently published Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access states that “ZTNA augments traditional VPN technologies for application access, and removes the excessive trust once required to allow employees and partners to connect and collaborate. Security and risk management leaders should pilot ZTNA projects as part of a SASE strategy or to rapidly expand remote access.”

Strong Demand for VPN Replacement

According to Gartner “recent movements to largely remote workforces have accelerated the adoption of ZTNA to address the hardware and bandwidth limitations of traditional VPN access.” Furthermore, a separate recent survey of CFOs indicates that nearly 75% of organizations are planning to convert at least a portion of their employees to roles that will permanently work remotely.

Remote Access VPN is a legacy solution

Legacy VPN, the standard for facilitating remote work for the past 30-years, was built around the foundation of an enterprise perimeter and worked adequately when applications were run from the data center. But now that both the applications and the users who access them have migrated to the Internet, this legacy approach simply doesn’t work or scale. According to Gartner, “As more organizations transition to remote work, ZTNA has piqued the interest of organizations seeking a more flexible alternative to VPNs and those seeking more precise access and session control to applications located on-premises and in the cloud.”

Additionally, VPN connections allow potential attackers access to entire network segments because they implicitly ‘trust’ connections without a robust method for verifying the user’s identity or checking the device’s security posture.

Zero Trust Network Access: A Modern Approach

Gartner recommends deploying ‘a ZTNA product that relies on multiple contextual aspects to establish and adapt trust for application-level access’ and to ‘stop relying primarily on IP addresses and network location as a proxy for trust.’

ZTNA, the modern replacement for VPN, removes excessive trust placed in physical networks in favor of adaptive, identity-aware, precision access that is application-oriented.

Wandera Private Access (WPA), a cloud-hosted service, provides secure remote access to applications using Zero Trust Network Access principles, whether those applications are within the enterprise or in the cloud.

Benefits of WPA:

  • Cloud-based service with no on-premises equipment to manage
  • Identity-based solution that eliminates the need to manage certificates
  • Enhanced application security that greatly reduces an attacker’s ability to move laterally
  • Broad operating system support, including Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows 10
  • Provides real-time, continuous risk assessments
  • Delivers positive user experience because it is built using mobile-first principles

“When it comes to securing the modern workplace, traditional VPNs fall short, requiring a shift in how we approach security. Wandera Private Access offers a clear path forward for organizations to embrace modern security architectures and improve their overall security posture,” said Michael Covington, VP of Product Strategy at Wandera. “We believe being named by Gartner as a Representative Vendor in Zero Trust Network Access reinforces our solution’s value to our customers.”

In addition to the Gartner Market Guide for ZTNA, Wandera has been included in the Gartner Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense for four consecutive years. Gartner’s Market Guide for MTD Solutions is designed to help security leaders better understand the mobile threat defense marketplace, and give them the opportunity to determine which solutions best address their organization’s specific needs. The guide states that “Security and risk management leaders of organizations that are ready to strengthen their mobile security posture should adopt mobile threat defense solutions.” It also notes that by “2020, 30% of organizations will have MTD in place, an increase from less than 15% in 2019.” Additionally, in the 2019 guide, Wandera was positioned as a Representative Vendor for its ZTNA. [2]

Wandera Private Access is part of a unified cloud security stack that includes real-time threat prevention and acceptable usage policy for the mobile OS, where one capability informs the other.

[1] Gartner, “Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access,” Steve Riley, Neil MacDonald, Lawrence Orans, 8 June 2020.

[2] Gartner, “Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense,” Dionisio Zumerle, Rob Smith, 14 November 2019.

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