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Your Apps moved to AWS,
so why are your users still on the network?

Time for a better approach to secure remote access.

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Network-centric security makes moving to AWS painful

Today 60% of enterprises are running apps in AWS to increase scalability and speed. This move has extended the perimeter to the internet. Yet, many enterprises still rely on remote access VPNs, which are network-centric and not built to secure access to the internet. They also place users on the network, and require physical or virtual appliances which increase complexity and limit scalability.

Common pitfalls of network-centric approaches:
  • Place users on-net to provide access to AWS
  • Requires appliances, ACLs and FW policies
  • Provides a poor end user experience
  • Inbound connections create opportunity for DDoS attacks
  • No ability to provide true application segmentation
  • Lacks visibility into app-related activity
diagram of remote user Internet-bound traffic routed through a data center security stack
                        before it heads to the aws cloud and returns

Zscaler Private Access for AWS

Enabling user and application-centric security for AWS

Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) for AWS is a cloud service from Zscaler that provides zero-trust, secure remote access to internal applications running on AWS. With ZPA, applications are never exposed to the internet, making them completely invisible to unauthorized users. The service enables the applications to connect to users via inside-out connectivity versus extending the network to them. Users are never placed on the network. It provides a software-defined perimeter for AWS, that supports any device and any internal application.

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flowchart of ZPA redefining how internal applications can be accessed and enable enterprises to
                        receive the full benefits of the AWS cloud
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Zscaler Private Access for AWS benefits

Transform with Zscaler.

Better remote user experience

Users have fast, direct-to-cloud access without having to login to remote access VPN client each time.

Secure remote access, without network access

Policy based access, with no access to network. Visibility into apps being accessed by users and ability to discover unsanctioned apps running within AWS.

No hardware appliances, lower costs

The cloud service requires no hardware. Enterprises can easily scale across multiple AWS and Zscaler data centers with no need to replicate gateways.

Less complexity for admins

Network admins can segment based on application from within the web UI. No need to segment by network. No IP address segmentation or access control lists required.

Traffic remains private via internet network

Service uses dynamic, application specific TLS-based end to end encryption. All data remains private and enterprises can bring their own PKI.

Scale elastically, reduce latency

The service uses the global AWS network to ramp up new users and route them to the app location nearest to them via internet-based networking.

Simplify secure remote access to internal apps on AWS

AWS Native Security Groups are a good start, but they are often times manual intensive. Zscaler Private Access takes a user and application-centric approach to network security. It ensures that only authorized users and devices have access to specific internal applications on AWS. Rather than relying on physical or virtual appliances that are IP centric, ZPA uses lightweight infrastructure agnostic software to connect both users and applications to the Zscaler Security Cloud, where the brokered connection is stitched together. ZPA is complementary to AWS Native Security Groups, as well as AWS DirectConnect.

flowchart showing zpa uses lightweight infrastructure to connect both users and apps on aws to the
                zscaler security cloud
1.  Zscaler Enforcement Node
  • Hosted in cloud
  • Used for authentication
  • Customizable by admins
  • Brokers a secure connection between a Z-App and a Z-connector
2.  Zscaler App
  • Mobile client installed on devices
  • Requests access to an app
3.  App Connector
  • Sits in front of apps in the datacenter, Azure, AWS, and other public cloud services
  • Provides inside-out TLS 1.2 connections to broker
  • Makes apps invisible to prevent DDoS attacks

Discover shadow IT applications on AWS

Many enterprise teams are unaware of the sheer number of applications in their environment. ZPA identifies previously undiscovered internal applications running in the datacenter or on AWS infrastructure. Once identified, admins can set granular policies for each application, ensuring the environment remains secure and controlled. This, combined with ZPA’s ability to make known applications invisible to unauthorized users, reduces the attack surface dramatically.

dashboard capture showing zpa identifies previously undiscovered internal apps running on AWS
                infrastructure

Choose application segmentation, not network segmentation

In the past, admins needed to segment networks to ensure secure user connections. Today, enterprises use ZPA to control which users access which applications. Admins can easily set granular policies at the application level for specific users, users groups, applications, application groups and associated subdomains.

1.  Create and define policy names
2.  Set different permission levels for users and user groups
3.  Define the applications each policy is associated with
4.  Easily add new rules and policies for users and applications within the UI

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Blog

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Customer Story

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Whitepaper

See how ZPA maps to the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework

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