Zero Trust is one of the latest buzzwords in cybersecurity.
However, it is one of the efficient tools to deal with today’s sophisticated threats.
Zero trust is a security model that requires all users to be authorized, authenticated, and continuously validating security posture and configuration, before being given access to data or apps.
Simply put, the users and devices, both inside and outside the network, are considered untrustworthy (even they have passwords to access).
The trust is vulnerability in a zero trust model. That’s why this concept is known as zero trust. Even a trusted and familiar user needs to get verified to get access.
Zero trust can be incorporated through multifactor authentication identity and access management, and endpoint security technology to validate the user’s identity.
For example, an OTP is sent to the registered number of a user once he logs in using their password.
However, Zero Trust can only be successful if organizations can continuously monitor and validate that a user and his device has the right attributes and privileges. Single validation simply won’t be sufficient, because threats and user attributes are likely to change.
Therefore, organizations should ensure that all access requests are continuously screened before allowing connection to any of your organization or virtual accounts.
The implement of Zero Trust policies mainly relies on real-time visibility into user attributes such as user identity, endpoint hardware system, path levels, OS versions, and user logins.
Why Get Serious about Zero Trust Security
Zero Trust is one of the essential measures to control access to applications, data, and networks. It integrates a wide range of preventative techniques such as endpoint security, least privilege controls, identity verification, and micro-segmentation to prevent potential attackers and restrict their access in the event of a data incident.
This security layer is important as organizations often increase their number of endpoints within their network and increase their infrastructure to cover cloud-based applications and servers.
Zero trust networks let access rights only when it is more than important, verifying all request to link to its systems before approving access.
Minimizing security perimeters into tiny zones to create distinct access to various parts of the network minimizes lateral access across the network.
Finally, by strengthening the network and limiting user access, Zero Trust security aids the organization prevents breaches and reduce potential damages. This is an important preventive measure as the attack might be launched by the users inside.