What is Zero Trust?
Zero Trust is a shift of network defenses toward a more comprehensive IT security model that allows organizations to restrict access controls to networks, applications, and the environment without sacrificing performance and user experience. Sometimes called perimeterless security, Zero Trust trusts no one and verifies continuously without relying on arguably irrelevant perimeter concept.
Basic principles of Zero Trust
Zero Trust is not a hardware or license you can buy. You must interweave it into the very fabric of your systems. During this journey, customers gradually transition to more automated processes and systems in each of the pillars. Each pillar will usually progress at its own pace, but cross-pillar coordination must be considered. Just like compatibility to enable gradual transition without too much financial burden and project management risks.
How does it work?
Gauge where your organization is in its Zero Trust journey with the following questions:
Are you reducing password risks with strong auth methods like MFA and providing SSO access to cloud apps?
Do you have visibility into device compliance, cloud environments, and logins to detect anomalous activity?
Are your networks segmented to prevent unlimited lateral movement inside the firewall perimeter?
Are you using real-time risk analytics to assess user behavior and device health to make smarter decisions?
Can you correlate security signals across multiple pillars to detect advanced threats and quickly take action?
Are you proactively finding and fixing vulnerabilities from misconfigurations and missing patches to reduce threat vectors?
Most mature stage
Are you able to dynamically enforce policies after access has been granted to protect against violations?
Is your environment protected using automated threat detection and response across security pillars to react more quickly to advanced threats?
Are you analyzing productivity and security signals to help drive user experience optimization through self-healing and actionable insights?