Events , Governance & Risk Management , RSA Conference

Reduce Cost and Security Complexity by Ditching Legacy VPN

Netskope Founder and CEO Sanjay Beri on Zero Trust, SD-WAN and Single-Vendor SASE
Sanjay Beri, founder and CEO, Netskope

Continued reliance on legacy VPNs hinders remote work performance and fails to provide users or organizations with zero trust security protection, said Netskope's Sanjay Beri. Companies often start by augmenting their VPNs to enable zero trust network access before moving to full replacement, said Beri, the company's founder and CEO.

See Also: SASE: Recognizing the Challenges of Securing a Hybrid Workforce

Organizations should view ZTNA adoption as not only a network or end-user decision, but also a security decision, Beri said. Netskope's initial focus was on cloud access security broker technology for governing and protecting data in SaaS applications, but Beri said the company's long-term vision was to tackle the hard problem of governing all internet traffic, including for on-premises applications (see: Netskope CEO Sanjay Beri on Pushing Into SD-WAN, IoT Defense).

"VPN is not built for the way that people work today," Beri said. "People work remote. They access cloud and their mobile. But a VPN sends you back to their corporate infrastructure. It doesn't allow you to work remote and get great performance."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Beri also discusses:

  • Why Netskope wants to go beyond cyber-specific products and services;
  • How network administrators benefit from putting SD-WAN on endpoints;
  • What customer buying behavior looks like around single-vendor SASE.

Beri has more than 20 years of experience in the cloud, networking and security industries. Prior to Netskope, he was the vice president and general manager of Juniper Networks' secure access business unit. He is also the co-founder of one of the world's first data center encryption companies, Ingrian Networks.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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