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A New Work Model Calls for a New Network Security Model

Historically, most organizations used a “castle and moat” model to ensure network security. Users and devices located inside the network perimeter were trusted by default, and those outside of it were not. This made sense when most or all equipment and employees were on-prem, ensuring a clearly defined network perimeter.

Over the past decade, cloud computing and mobility have fundamentally changed organizational data environments, chipping away at the “castle” and blurring the network perimeter. The final death blow for “castle and moat” was the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced organizations to rapidly scale their network and security capabilities to support widespread remote work.

The “network perimeter” wasn’t just blurred; it no longer existed. The castle was in rubble, the moat drained, and organizations began moving toward modern zero-trust network access.

A New Work Model Calls for a New Network Security Model

Understanding Zero-Trust

The zero-trust security framework is centered around three core principles: assume breach, verify explicitly, and ensure least privilege access.

Instead of implicitly trusting all users and devices within the network perimeter, zero trust doesn’t trust any of them. Zero trust assumes that all users and devices could potentially be compromised, and everyone, human or machine, must be verified before they can access the network. Once logged onto the network, users should have the minimum amount of network access they need to perform their jobs, and no more.

When deployed properly, the zero-trust model gives IT administrators full visibility into all users, systems, and devices, helps ensure compliance with industry and regulatory mandates, and helps prevent cyberattacks caused by compromised user credentials.

Understanding Zero-Trust

VPNs and Zero-Trust Don’t Mix

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, organizations were forced to rapidly scale their network and security capabilities to support widespread remote workforces. Because this change occurred suddenly and with no notice, many organizations simply deployed more of what they already had. Frequently, this meant using VPNs to secure remote connections.

When remote access was limited only to very specific use cases, VPNs worked well enough, but when organizations attempted to scale them up to meet the needs of entire workforces, their shortcomings quickly became apparent.

VPNs don’t scale well at all. They’re also expensive, plagued with latency, reliability, and availability problems, require a lot of administrative overhead, and are extremely difficult for end users to use. Perhaps worst of all, most of them don’t support zero-trust network access.

Keeper Connection Manager, a secure remote desktop solution, enables organizations to implement zero trust security while dramatically reducing administrative overhead, improving reliability and performance, and enhancing employee productivity.

VPNs and Zero-Trust Don’t Mix

Achieve Comprehensive Password Security with Keeper’s Top-Rated Enterprise Password Management Solution

Without password security, zero trust falls apart. Keeper’s zero-trust, zero-knowledge enterprise password management (EPM) platform provides organizations the total visibility and control over employee password practices that they need to successfully implement a zero trust security model. IT administrators can monitor and control password use across the entire organization, both remote and on-prem, and set up and enforce role-based access controls (RBAC), least-privilege access, and multi-factor authentication (2FA)

Achieve Comprehensive Password Security with Keeper’s Top-Rated Enterprise Password Management Solution

Eliminate Secrets Sprawl, Along with Hardcoded & Embedded Credentials

Since IT network secrets unlock access to highly privileged systems and data, securing secrets is just as critical to preventing cyberattacks as securing end-user passwords. But secrets sprawl and hardcoded, embedded passwords make secret management a challenge.

Keeper Secrets Manager, the first and only cloud-based, zero-trust, solution for securing infrastructure secrets, leverages the same zero-knowledge security model as Keeper’s top-rated EPM. The client device retrieves encrypted ciphertext from the Keeper cloud, and secrets are decrypted and used locally on the device -- not on Keeper’s servers.

Keeper Secrets Manager is fully managed and utilizes a new patent pending security architecture. With Keeper Secrets Manager, all servers, CI/CD pipelines, developer environments, and source code pull secrets from a secure API endpoint. Each secret is encrypted with a 256-bit AES key, which is encrypted by another AES-256 application key.

Keeper Secrets Manager seamlessly integrates into nearly any data environment, with no additional hardware or cloud-hosted infrastructure required. It offers out-of-the-box integrations with a wide variety of DevOps tools, including Github Actions, Kubernetes, Ansible and more.

Remote Desktop Access with Keeper Connection Manager

Keeper Connection Manager, a secure remote desktop solution, is designed to operate on the principle of least privilege, with administrators delegating granular access rights through users and groups. There are no endpoint clients for IT teams to install, configure, or maintain, which significantly lowers the time IT personnel must spend on maintenance and configuration. Desktop images can be easily standardized, and updates to desktops and applications can be automated, allowing for rapid scaling.

Instead of struggling with a VPN, remote users access internal resources simply by logging in through any web browser. Once users are authenticated and authorized, all of their work is executed behind the enterprise firewall, giving them the same protection from corporate security systems that they would have if they were working in a physical office environment.

In addition to least-privilege access, Keeper Connection Manager provides many other security features that VPNs lack, including:

  • Multi-factor authentication (2FA)
  • Privileged access through RDP, SSH, VNC, and other common protocols, without having to share credentials with end users
  • IT infrastructure secrets management via integration with Keeper Secrets Manager
  • Password security and encryption via integration with Keeper’s top-rated EPM solution
  • Support for single-sign on (SSO) through Keeper SSO Connect

Market-Leading Security Infrastructure and Policies

Keeper holds the longest-standing SOC 2 attestation and ISO 27001 certification in the industry. Keeper utilizes best-in-class security, with a zero-trust framework and zero-knowledge security architecture that protects customer data with multiple layers of encryption keys at the vault, shared folder and record levels.

Market-Leading Security Infrastructure and Policies

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