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A Comparison of Remote Network Access Products for Enterprise Endpoints

Published: 14 June 2019

ID: G00380285

Analyst(s): Mark Judd


Endpoints, applications and services are operating outside the traditional perimeter, placing more emphasis on “zero trust” approaches. Security and risk management technical professionals overseeing remote network access must consider multiple remote security products, depending on their use cases.

Table Of Contents


  • Common Use Cases


  • Product Support Breakdown
  • Hybrid Reality
  • Zero Trust Network Access
    • Traditional Security Model vs. Zero Trust Network Access
  • Five Architectural Options
    • IPsec VPN
    • TLS VPN
    • TLS Tunnel
    • Software-Defined Perimeter
    • Cloud VPN
  • Selecting Products Based on Endpoint Location and Capabilities
  • Split Tunneling
  • Agent and Agentless Products


  • Prioritize the Use of Cloud Based Products
  • Ensure Adequate Encryption of Data in Transit
  • Carefully Evaluate Split Tunneling for Efficiency
  • Consider On-Demand, Versus Always-On, Secure Connections
  • Understand IPsec Configuration and Management Requirements

The Details

  • Use Case 1 — Always-On Access
  • Use Case 2 — Bring Your Own Device
  • Use Case 3 — Third-Party Vendors
  • Use Case 4 — On-Demand Access
  • Use Case 5 — Internet of Things
  • The Future With TLS 1.3
  • Representative Vendor Space
    • IPsec VPN
    • TLS VPN/TLS Tunnel
    • SDP
    • VPNaaS

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