Security News > 2022 > June > Despite known security issues, VPN usage continues to thrive
VPN usage is still prevalent among 90% of security teams who have highlighted cost, time, and difficulty as reasons to not move forward with ZTNA adoption, according to a new survey conducted by Sapio Research.
Despite known security issues, VPN usage continues to thrive, with 90% of respondents currently using a VPN in some capacity for secure remote access.
"As this study shows, VPN usage continues to be prevalent, often viewed as 'good enough' for remote access among organizations simply because that is what they have always used," said Jayanth Gummaraju, CEO of Banyan Security.
For organizations who have begun to roll out ZTNA solutions, the survey revealed that secure remote access, improving the end user experience and eliminating exposure to VPN vulnerabilities were the top three drivers in their decision to choose ZTNA. Unlike VPNs, ZTNA provides access on a case-by-case basis, which is decided based on user, device, and application-level access and security controls.
Aside from the general familiarity and comfortable usage of their traditional VPN solution, organizations stated that cost/budget constraints are the biggest barriers for VPN users to adopt ZTNA. Thirty percent of VPN owners said that it would be difficult to implement ZTNA infrastructure in their current security environment; however, 82% of respondents stated they would likely implement ZTNA if there was an easily deployable, inexpensive option.
"While it is good to see that awareness of ZTNA solutions amongst IT security professionals continues to grow, the actual implementation of a ZTNA architecture is still considerably low, with just over 17% of respondents having truly begun to roll out a ZTNA strategy," continued Gummaraju.