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remote in the next five years , up from 22.9 % in its last survey conducted in November 2020 .
About Don Boxley
Don Boxley Jr is a DH2i Co-founder and CEO . He has more than 20 years in management positions for leading technology companies . Boxley earned his MBA from the Johnson School of Management , Cornell University .
What ’ s more , having recognized the productivity and significant financial benefits of employees working remotely , many businesses planned to take it a step further with 71 % of hiring managers stating that they plan to sustain or increase their use of freelancers in the next six months .
Unfortunately , traditional approaches like virtual private networks ( VPNs ) for remote users rely upon complex , expensive and less-than-secure network-to-network approaches that are obsolete for the new IT reality of hybrid and multi-cloud . They create too large of an attack surface .
So while some of us may eventually go back to the office , likely in a hybrid fashion , it has become clear that remote work is here to stay for all shapes and sizes of organizations .
One need only to read today ’ s news to validate this fact . So , what is the solution ? The answer is a new and reliable approach to networking connectivity – the Software Defined Perimeter ( SDP ).
Of course , that ’ s not to say a few bumps remain . This is particularly true when it comes to network connectivity and data security .
Today more than ever , almost every organization has remote users and third parties who need to be able to connect to cloud or on-premises applications from wherever they are – the airport to the home office to the local coffee shop .
This approach enables you to build a secure Software- Defined Perimeter and use Zero Trust Network Access ( ZTNA ) tunnels to seamlessly connect all your applications , servers , IoT devices , and users behind any symmetric NAT to any full cone NAT : without having to reconfigure networks or set up complicated VPNs .
While SDP solutions in general are able to overcome the security risks inherent in conventional networking
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