Without universal ZTNA, it may be infeasible to enact zero trust principles across your entire network, particularly if your system involves a combination of private and public clouds and SaaS solutions. On the other hand, universal ZTNA lets users connect safely no matter where they are.
Regardless of the layout of your network and its assets, you need a solution that’s integrated across your entire environment. Otherwise, you would have to sacrifice security to enable connectivity, or connectivity to support security.
For example, suppose an organization has an on-premise data center that hosts a business-critical application. When users are in the office, they have to connect using a system based on zero-trust principles. Perhaps they have to re-login after five minutes of inactivity and provide at least two forms of identification.
But when remote workers connect to the system, they simply log in to a virtual private network (VPN) using a name and password. Despite the efforts and investment put towards establishing zero trust principles at the office, the company’s network is vulnerable through its VPN connection because a hacker would only have to steal someone’s username and password to gain access.
But with universal ZTNA, users would have to go through the same steps, regardless of where they would be connecting from—on-campus or remotely.
The Fortinet Universal ZTNA gives you the ability to provide secure access no matter where your employees are located. In this way, remote and hybrid workers can experience the same connection experience as those on campus.
Fortinet’s Universal ZTNA also integrates with the rest of the Fortinet Security Fabric because it is automatically put in force on devices that run FortiOS 7.0 or higher. This means your hardware and cloud-based virtual machines all have the same, consistent protection.
If you already have a FortiGate next-generation firewall (NGFW) protecting your network, you only need the FortiClient ZTNA to incorporate zero trust principles across your network. This includes NGFWs that protect physical, on-premise networks and those that safeguard cloud environments.
Universal ZTNA (zero trust network access) refers to the tools, techniques, and policies used to establish zero trust network principles no matter where users are located—on-premise or remotely—and what kind of network architecture you have. In other words, with zero-trust ZTNA, no matter how your network is set you and where your applications live, you can secure access to them whether employees are in the office, on the road, or at home.
Enterprises need universal ZTNA because it enables safe network connections for both on-premise and remote employees while providing everyone with a consistent authentication experience. Also, with universal ZTNA, you eliminate security vulnerabilities that often result from using different authentication tools.