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Read Gartner’s Latest Report: “Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access”

Learn more about how Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) ensures adaptive, identity-aware, precision access.


Gartner’s latest market guide illustrates how digital business transformation is affecting enterprises worldwide.

Workforces are no longer located “inside” a network and today’s trust model is showing signs of strain.  Threat actors exploit this model with the result “leading to breaches and bringing legal, financial, and regulatory exposure.”

“Gartner believes the time has come to isolate services and applications from the dangers of the public internet, and to provide compartmentalized access only to required applications in any given context.” *

ZTNA as a security architecture has been gaining momentum since an initial specification was released by the Cloud Security Alliance in 2014.  Also known as a software-defined perimeter, it centralizes security mechanisms that broker trust between the application and both the user and their individual devices.  Once trust is established, centrally distributed granular policies govern all transactions.

This architecture effectively hides applications and resources from public view, significantly reducing the attack surface.  The result is an “identity- and context-based, logical-access boundary” around applications.  As such, both users and administrators realize several benefits, including:

  • Better user experience for accessing applications, regardless of location
  • Agility, adaptability, and resiliency of application and resource access
  • Enhanced connectivity through simplified, centralized policy management
  • Securing “enclaves of Internet of Things (IoT) devices or a virtual-appliance-based connector on the IoT network segment for connection.”

Virtually all enterprises have a blend of data center and cloud-based applications.  Ensuring that corporate and remote workforces and 3rd parties (such as contractors, suppliers, or distributors) have secure access anytime, anywhere, and from any device is critical for today’s modern business.   ZTNA offers immediately benefits for “just in time” and “just enough” access for named users to specific applications using appropriate access policies based on user, device, and application identities.  Use case examples include:

  • Enabling 3rd party access to applications and services
  • Isolating high-value enterprise applications
  • Authenticating users on personal devices “by reducing full management requirements”
  • Cloaking systems “on hostile networks…used for collaboration”

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*Gartner, Inc., Market Guide for Zero Trust Network Access, Steve Riley, Neil MacDonald, Lawrence Orans, APRIL 29, 2019. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.   Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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