Enterprise VPNs And Network Access

The Top 10 Enterprise VPN Solutions

Discover the top best business VPNs. Explore features such as device compatibility, encryption, scalability, central management and activity management.

The Top 10 Enterprise VPN Solutions Include:
  • 1. Twingate
  • 2. NordLayer
  • 3. Cisco AnyConnect
  • 4. Citrix Gateway (formerly NetScaler)
  • 5. Fortinet FortiClient
  • 6. Google Cloud VPN
  • 7. Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect
  • 8. SonicWall Global VPN Client
  • 9. Perimeter 81
  • 10. Zscaler Private Access

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, enable users to send and receive information across a public network as securely as if they were directly connected to a private network.

The Challenge: When users surf the internet on an unsecured Wi-Fi network, anyone else using the same network can tap into what they’re doing and access their browsing habits and private information. 

How Enterprise VPNs Work: VPNs create a private network across a public internet connection. They give users anonymity and privacy by hiding their IP address and securing their connections with encryption. They also enable admins to set up granular access controls that restrict users from accessing areas of the network that they don’t need to. 

Think of the VPN as a secret tunnel between a user’s device and the internet; nobody can see what the user doing inside the tunnel except themselves and the person that they’re sending data to—not even the internet service provider. 

In this article, we’ll highlight:

  • The best enterprise VPN solutions designed to protect corporate web connections
  • Standout features of each solution
  • Who they are best suited for
Twingate Logo

Twingate’s cloud-based platform provides secure, remote access to corporate resources for distributed workforces. It enables IT teams to establish a software-defined perimeter and centrally manage user access to company applications on-prem and in the cloud.

What We Like:

With Twingate, users can connect to a corporate resource via its FQDN or IP address without any user interaction needed. Resource-level access policy customization enables organizations to enforce the principles of least privilege and zero trust security by limiting network access for potential hackers, even if they manage to compromise a user’s connection.

Best Features:

  • Split tunnelling and intelligent routing reduce the burden on the network and eliminate backhauling
  • Automatic handling of authorization and routing decisions
  • App-level visibility into user access and resource-level access policy configuration
  • Integrations with leading IDPs (inc. Okta and OneLogin) to support single sign-on across all user accounts

We Recommend Twingate as a user-friendly solution for SMBs and mid-sized enterprises looking to provision their remote users with fast, secure access to corporate resources with ease.

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NordLayer is a cloud-based solution that helps businesses to secure remote access to their corporate network, in line with zero trust principles.

What We Like:

Users connect to the VPN with their existing business credentials, but NordLayer also supports third-party MFA with Azure AD, Google Workspace, Okta, and OneLogin, as well as single sign-on to ensure maximum security without creating friction within the user’s login experience.

Best Features:

  • “One click” security protects all data traffic with AES 256-bit encryption as soon as the user clicks on a gateway
  • Auto-connect feature provides a constant and immediate network connection
  • Kill Switch feature automatically cuts off all internet traffic from the device if the connection to the server breaks
  • Device posture security feature enables admins to set policies and alerts, and ensures non-compliant devices are barred from access
  • Cloud firewall performs stateful network traffic analysis, packet inspection, intrusion deterrence, and threat intelligence

We Recommend: NordLayer offers support via live chat and email and promises to respond to all enquiries within three hours; customers are also assigned a dedicated account manager. As such, this is a strong solution for organizations of any size looking for user-friendly security and a quick set-up.

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Cisco AnyConnect is a policy-driven VPN tool designed to secure remote workers’ network access across wired, wireless, and VPN connections. The solution provides secure access to the network from any device, at any time, and from any location.

What We Like:

AnyConnect integrates well with other Cisco solutions, so organizations can use it as a stand-alone product or as a part of a wider security stack. 

Best Features:

  • IKEv2 and SSL protocols ensure a highly secure internet connection
  • Duo MFA ensures only authorized users are granted access to the network
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) prevents non-compliant devices from accessing the network
  • AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client provides complete protection for Android and iOS devices until the device is turned off
  • Complete visibility across the extended enterprise—including mobile devices—into who is accessing the network and from which device
  • 24/7 technical support for application managers

We Recommend Cisco AnyConnect as a strong, scalable VPN solution for all large enterprises, but particularly those with an interest in investing in other Cisco products.

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Citrix Secure Private Access is a cloud-delivered zero trust network access (ZTNA) solution with a VPN-less enterprise browser.

What We Like:

This solution secures access to all IT-sanctioned apps—web, SaaS, and client-server—whether they’re deployed on-prem or in the cloud.

Best Features:

  • Assigns end user devices a risk score based on user identity, geolocation, and the device-posture assessment, which admins can use to define access and authorization controls
  • Integrated remote browser isolation redirects user sessions from a local browser to a hosted Secure Browser Service, enabling security for unmanaged or BYOD devices
  • Prevents screenshots of applications accessed through the Workspace app, reducing the risk of credential theft
  • End-to-end visibility of all traffic with reports into top risky domains and data download volume

We Recommend Citrix Secure Private Access for larger enterprises with a remote or hybrid workforce. It’s also well-suited to securing connections from BYOD devices.

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Fortinet FortiClient is a remote access solution that can be deployed as a standalone VPN or combined with other Fortinet solutions to provide comprehensive threat protection and vulnerability management.

What We Like:

Despite its robust feature set, this solution is lightweight and easy to deploy. It’s also intuitive for the end user; once they’ve signed in to the VPN, the client minimizes so as to cause as little disruption to the user as possible.

Best Features:

  • Autoconnect and always-on SSL and IPSec VPN provides users with secure network access from any remote location
  • Split tunnelling enables users to access the internet without their traffic having to pass through the corporate VPN headend, reducing latency
  • Enterprise Management Server enables admins to centrally configure VPN settings, monitor the attack surface, manage vulnerabilities, enforce compliance and track changes
  • Real-time detection of operating system and third-party application vulnerabilities

We Recommend: Though it works well as a standalone product, we recommend FortiClient as a particularly strong solution for enterprises looking to invest in a VPN as part of a wider security stack (thanks to its FortiSandbox and FortiGuard integrations).

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Google Cloud offers a Classic VPN and a High Availability (HA) VPN, both of which offer a fast, secure IPsec connection between remote users and their organization’s wider network.

What We Like:

This solution comes with excellent support options; the Google Cloud support team is available to assist with any issues, plus users can access a dedicated Slack community and Stack Overflow page.

It should be noted that, while both VPNs use external IP addresses to protect the user’s identity and location when browsing, an admin must create those external IPs if running the Classic VPN; the HA VPN chooses IP addresses from a pool.

Best Classic VPN Features:

  • 9% uptime SLA
  • Single interface, single external IP address, and support tunnels that use static routing (policy-based or route-based)
  • Option to configure dynamic routing (BGP), but only for tunnels that connect to third-party VPN gateway software running on Google Cloud VM instances

Best HA VPN Features:

  • 99% uptime SLA
  • IPv6 support
  • Connects to AWS and Azure
  • Uses multiple IP addresses and gateways

We Recommend: The Google Cloud VPNs are particularly well-suited to organizations already using Google Workspace, but they’re a strong option for any organization looking for a VPN that’s simple to configure and easy to manage post-deployment.

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Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect is a ZTNA solution that delivers the capabilities of PANW’s Prisma Access and Next-Generation Firewalls to remote workers and mobile devices.

What We Like:

GlobalProtect integrates seamlessly with Palo Alto’s Next-Generation Firewall, which means that it is also able to secure devices against a number of targeted cyberattacks, evasive application traffic, and malicious websites.

Best Features:

  • App-level SSL or IPsec VPN connection
  • Distributes requests across multiple network portals and gateways to support heavy traffic
  • User and device identification (including unmanaged devices)
  • Step-up multi-factor authentication
  • Advanced firewall shows admins who is using the solution to connect to the network and applications, and what devices they’re using to connect

We Recommend: Because GlobalProtect is available as an app, organizations can also use it to secure mobile devices such as Android and iOS systems. This makes it particularly useful for organizations whose employees regularly access the network from mobile devices, for example to maintain contact with clients and partners. That said, GlobalProtect is a strong solution for any organization looking for extensive security across remote devices that they can set up quickly.

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SonicWall Global VPN Client (GVC) is one of SonicWall’s four VPN services. With this solution, organizations can allow managed devices to securely access their data centers with a familiar remote VPN experience.

What We Like:

This solution is very easy to use. It provides an easy-to-follow Installation Wizard, a Configuration Wizard with point-and-click activation of VPN connections, and streamlined management tools that minimize support requirement.

Plus, the VPN configuration data is automatically downloaded from the SonicWall VPN gateway via a secure IPsec tunnel, removing the burden from the remote user of provisioning VPN connections.

Best Features:

  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, ChromeOS, Linux, and Amazon Kindle Fire
  • Automatic redirect in case of a SonicWall VPN gateway failure
  • Automatically launches a program on VPN connection, with optional arguments when successful VPN connections are established
  • Support for smart card and USB token authentication, and third-party certificates
  • Granular access policies enable admins to manage user group access to individual applications

We Recommend: SonicWall’s Global VPN Client is a strong solution for any enterprise. However, thanks to its seamless integrations with other SonicWall solutions, we particularly recommend this VPN for existing SonicWall customers looking to secure their remote employees.

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Perimeter 81 logo

The Perimeter 81 platform combines Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), a Secure Service Edge (SSE), Firewall as a Service (FWaaS), and a Secure Web Gateway (SWG), to enable organizations to secure on-prem and remote access to their cloud environments.

What We Like:

This cloud-based VPN alternative provides private internet access without needing any dedicated hardware; this means it’s easy to deploy either by yourself, or with assistance from the Perimeter 81 team.

Best Features:

  • Support for a variety of VPN protocols including IPSec, OpenVPN, and WireGuard, with the ability to deploy multiple protocols at the same time for different resources and users
  • Segments resource access based on user role and device
  • Activity audits and reports enable admins to monitor logins, gateway deployments, and app connections
  • DNS filtering blocks users from accessing specific sites through a web browser
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, Linux, and Chromebook devices, and all major cloud providers

We Recommend Perimeter 81 as a cloud-based, modern VPN alternative for organizations looking to secure remote access to their corporate network, without the hardware or complexity of deploying a traditional VPN.

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Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) is a cloud-based solution that provides a seamless, secure connection between remote devices and private applications running on the public cloud or within a data center.

What We Like:

Unlike a traditional VPN, ZPA offers zero trust connectivity and mitigates lateral threat movement by enabling admins to segment their network and configure AI-powered, context-aware policies.

Best Features:

  • Supports both managed and unmanaged devices and secures the connection to any private application—not just web apps
  • Enables seamless “inside-out” connections between users and applications, hiding IP addresses to prevent DDoS attacks
  • ML model automatically recommends app segments and policies to help prevent lateral threat movement
  • Workload-to-workload segmentation secures cloud workload communications across hybrid and multi-cloud environments
  • Enables admins to create and define policy names, select the applications that each policy is associated with, and configure permissions for users and user groups at an individual application level
  • Detects and resolves app, network, and device issues to help optimize performance

We Recommend Zscaler Private Access for enterprises looking for seamless remote access that scales easily and offers more advanced security features than a legacy VPN.

The Top 10 Enterprise VPN Solutions