Digital Themes

Zero trust security

What is zero trust security?

A security model, zero trust, requires identity verification from every person or device trying to access a company’s network. Unlike a traditional network approach that allows anyone and anything access, the zero trust framework distrusts every device and person. It treats every request for access as if it originated from a potential attacker or untrusted network and automatically assumes a breach until multi-factor verification is deployed. 

Three main principles:

  • Verify explicitly - Each access request is analyzed, encrypted, and submitted for access review.
  • Privilege access - Allowing minimum access to resources and information to users depending on their role and legitimate business need. 
  • Assume breach - Putting systems in place for better visibility of the network’s security to allow real-time response reduces the risks. 

What are the benefits of zero trust?

  • Reduce business risks - Communication between applications and services is allowed only once the authentication is approved. Zero trust continuously checks the “credentials” of communication assets to ensure maximum security. 
  • Gain access control - Maintaining visibility over the network is zero trust’s commitment. Levels of customization are available to prioritize protection on assets that are actively communicating and not tied directly to the workload. 
  • Reduce data breach risks - Since every request is inspected, attackers that find their way into the network will be unable to move laterally in—they will have nowhere to go. 
  • Support compliance initiatives - Zero trust shields internet connections making the network users “invisible” to the eyes of attackers, dramatically reducing the company’s chance of being attacked in the first place. 
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