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Coalition and Twingate: Securing the New Remote Work Reality

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Due to the evolving nature of work during the global pandemic, we’ve been on a quest to find the best security options for our policyholders. We’ve tested and reviewed a number of solutions to help keep them safe and secure. One of these solutions addresses the growing need employees have to access company resources remotely.

Today, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Twingate, an alternative to the outdated virtual private networks (VPNs) many of us depend on today.

Twingate is now available to all Coalition policyholders from their dashboard. As part of our partnership, policyholders can sign up for a free limited version or receive a discount off paid solutions for implementing this security measure.

The New Perimeter

Remote work has been on the rise in recent years, but the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly accelerated the shift and has put the safety of this work environment under scrutiny. Network security is (and should be) the top priority for IT and security professionals. Outside of a keycard, it’s a company’s first perimeter — their first line of defense to protect their data.

With working from home — or a park, outdoor cafe, or Airbnb with friends — becoming the new normal, external access to a company’s network and resources has reached peak use. Bad actors have recognized this shift as well, and have changed their strategies to target organizations’ remote access points. In the past 24 hours alone, Coalition has observed bad actors scan for remote access points over 35 million times.

VPNs allow users to access company networks through an encrypted channel, but are more often viewed as an exception versus the rule. Like many security measures before the pandemic, VPNs were not necessarily designed to manage this new reality.

The new perimeter

In recent months, a number of VPN vulnerabilities have been discovered and are known to be actively exploited, putting at risk what was once considered the most reliable and trusted way to access sensitive corporate resources. The top three most popular intrusion methods include unsecured RDP endpoints, email phishing, and the exploitation of corporate VPN appliances.

The Twingate solution

Twingate is an alternative to the traditional VPN, letting IT and DevOps teams define powerful and flexible access policies to company resources, while minimizing the burden on end users. In other words, Twingate allows organizations to securely support remote work.

Twingate enables remote access to organizations looking for a modern zero trust network, and its simplicity makes it a great solution for businesses of all sizes. Delivered as a cloud-based service, Twingate empowers even smaller IT and DevOps teams to quickly configure a software-defined perimeter without changing existing infrastructure. User access to internal apps and data can be managed centrally, whether they are on-premise or in the cloud.

For the end user, Twingate automatically segregates work and non-work traffic so people get access to the resources they need without slowing their internet and impeding productivity.  Most importantly, Twingate is designed to improve an organization’s security posture by eliminating public entry points to your private network.

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Benefits to Coalition policyholders

  • Reduce IT spend. Coalition policyholders will enjoy a discount off of Twingate’s solution for annual subscription plans.

  • Manage risk better. Twingate simplifies your security architecture, reducing costs, mitigating cybersecurity risk, and increasing agility when business conditions change.

  • Built for IT admins. Deploy Twingate in minutes without infrastructure changes. Slash administrative workloads and gain visibility over the whole enterprise network with extensive logging and analytics.

  • Effortless for users. Remote access that doesn’t get in the way of work. Users get a better (frustration free) online experience, with easy onboarding, lower latency, and fewer connection problems.

Learn more about Twingate

Not sure it’s a good fit? Don’t understand what network security solutions are in place? Coalition has you covered: simply log in to your policyholder dashboard to learn more about Twingate and speak with a member of the team!