Daily Buzz: The Rise of the VPN
The tech tool's gaining ground among work-from-home users
During the COVID-19 saga, apps focused on collaboration and videoconferencing, like Zoom, have gotten all the attention. But a whole different category of apps has become a fact of life these days, although they generally fly under the radar: network security tools such as virtual private networks (VPNs).
Okta, a single sign-on-platform, recently reported that, while Zoom experienced by far the largest growth in demand in March (110 percent), a number of VPN tools got nearly as big a boost, including Palo Alto Networks’ GlobalProtect (94 percent) and Cisco AnyConnect (86 percent).
VPN tools are proving popular in part because they allow for consistency. “These VPN tools provide security and ensure business continuity as organizations move workforces to the cloud at scale,” according to the Okta report.
Other tools growing in popularity over the period include the app-security platform Citrix ADC (56 percent), the training platform Proofpoint (40 percent), the communications suite RingCentral (39 percent), and the video platform Cisco Webex (37 percent). A number of other popular services, including LinkedIn Learning, DocuSign and Slack are also reporting growth right now.
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