VPNs were originally developed to create a connection between two internal points within a network and eliminate a kind of intrusion referred to as a “man in the middle attack”. Although this particular application of VPN is still a relevant way to mitigate these attacks, over time the use case of VPN has been stretched to not only to connect points within the same network but also from within a network to an external point- such as with a third-party vendor. As the security landscape has developed, it has become apparent that VPN is too vulnerable to be used to facilitate connections like these because they are not set up to give any good, granular control.
With BeyondTrust's Privileged Remote Access, third-parties do not have the physical foothold in your network as they do with a VPN. BeyondTrust allows you to give vendors access to your network without a VPN connection and enables security professionals to control, monitor, and manage access to critical systems by privileged users, including third-party vendors.