How Big Companies Are Securing a Hybrid Workforce


This is the first in a three-part series that details the use of the Security Service Edge (SSE) to modernize corporate cybersecurity.

In this article, we focus on how SSE can secure a hybrid workforce in which users connect both from the office and from remote locations while accessing applications that reside either in the center of data or in the cloud.

SSE is a new framework that separates network configuration from security capabilities. As part of the security features, three key solutions – ZTNA, CASB and SWG – are combined into a single offering, now called SSE.

Zscaler was recently named a Leader in the first-ever Security Service Edge Magic Quadrant 2022, as the highest in terms of execution capability.

Modernization with hybrid work

The past few years have seen a seismic shift in people working remotely. Outdated technologies such as VPNs and firewalls are intended to secure corporate networks while accessing applications residing primarily in the data center. VPNs and firewalls solved problems with app access when there were stipulations about where employees worked and where apps were hosted. Now the collective workforce – including employees, third-party contractors, and vendors – is not limited by location. The past two years have accelerated this with the continued evolution and adoption of work from anywhere. A recent PWC survey suggests that up to 78% of employees prefer a hybrid working approach.

In addition to modernizing the workplace, digital transformation has been at the center of discussions, especially over the past decade. Organizations migrating applications to the cloud have seen several benefits of scale and reduced complexity and cost. Analysts claim that more than 85% of organizations will adopt the cloud principle by 2025. However, many organizations have used VPNs to provide these mobile users with application access as a stopgap. Unfortunately, this resulted in traffic backhauling, which led to poor user experience and connectivity issues.

As workplace modernization continues with the adoption of hybrid working and SaaS, security solutions must be able to keep pace.

The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange is the industry’s most comprehensive platform for securing a hybrid workforce

Zscaler provides a comprehensive security solution enabling organizations to embrace hybrid working with confidence. Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange unifies the SSE components needed to securely access private apps, SaaS apps, and the Internet. Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) operates on the principle of least privileged access, providing application access only to authorized, authenticated users while protecting private applications. Additionally, the platform offers a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) to securely access SaaS applications by enabling granular protection of data and access policies, and even preventing the possibility of threats. internal.

Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange’s Secure Web Gateway (SWG) features provide secure internet connections without degrading the user experience.

The three main components to consider for a complete solution for hybrid working are:

  • Reduce the attack surface making apps invisible on the internet and allowing access only to authorized users or devices; preventing attackers from discovering them.
  • Lateral movement stop by connecting users and devices directly to applications without ever exposing the network.
  • Provide a superior user experience with fast and direct access to applications without connecting the user to the network and without applying policies to the edge closest to the user.
zero trust exchange infographic Z-scale

It is imperative to secure applications regardless of where your users connect.

Zscaler Security Service Edge can help protect your hybrid workforce. Discover our latest SSE infographics to find out what real-world customers are saying about Zscaler.

Stay tuned for two more articles in our SSE series on how to stop data breaches and ransomware.

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