Information technology, and the way people use it, has changed in almost every way since virtual private network (VPN) technology was invented in 1996. Back then, enterprise applications were hosted in on-premises datacenters. They were usually accessed through local and private wide-area network connections by people working within the office. And cybersecurity meant hardening the perimeter against attackers trying to get in.
In that environment, perimeter-focused security and VPNs for occasional off-site access made sense. Cloud infrastructure, virtualization and microservices architectures didn’t exist. In most cases, only a few top-level executives ever needed remote access.
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