Default [Q] Disable lockscreen security with VPN

I was wondering whether anyone has been able to successfully disable lockscreen security when VPN profiles are created.

I tried to edit locksettings.db but I can't seem to access it on my phone - SQLite Manager crashes and there are seemingly no strings inside the database file.

Alternatively, are there any apps which I can use to connect to a VPN profile, thus keeping it separate from the system? (although not preferred)