Zero Trust has become indispensable for all cybersecurity strategies implemented by micro and mega-corporations. With the advancement of Web 3.0 and cloud-based networking, information will be shared across multiple networks and used by hundreds of people at a time. That is why organizations need to improve cyber security through a multidimensional structure offered by a zero trust model.
Cyber security has become highly specialized, so you must implement it similarly. According to the 2017 Annual Cybercrime Report prepared by Cybersecurity Ventures, the cost of cybersecurity will reach up to $6 trillion, increasing from $3 trillion in 2015. Moreover, the costs of data breaches will reach $3.62 million, as observed by the 2017 Data Breach Study.
Traditional cyber security offers protection on a macro level. With a zero trust model, you can create a protected surface for the main assets of your organization. It goes deeper into the security system rather than an umbrella approach.
The first level of protection is to safeguard the details of your business. This data refers to your credit card information (PCI), intellectual property (IP), protected health care information, and identity. It saves you from identity theft and various other legal and financial problems as you navigate the zero trust model.
Users can only access the applications designed for a particulate company through a two-step verification process. The network data encryption inside the applications keeps it safe from prying eyes.
The Zero Trust model protects your physical or digital assets by creating overlapping security protocols, access roles, and network segmentation systems. These can range from point-of-sale terminals, IoT devices, private data, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition control.
The services provided by a software company are protected by the zero-trust approach as it is faster than VPN and any other secure channel. It hides your domain name, inventory, infrastructure, privileged client-customer interactions, and facilities available over the internet.
How Zero Trust Strengthens Cybersecurity Strategies?
The Zero Trust model strengthens cybersecurity strategies through a secure channel. It creates a space for all network activities to integrate into particular devices and systems to create a private space for the users and admins. Here is how the zero trust architecture strengthens cybersecurity strategies at all levels:
Secure Network Over Disparate Locations
The world has gone global, so zero trust is essential for providing seamless access over various locations. Only those users can enter an organization’s database who possess private key configurations or access roles. Instead of using VPN (Virtual Private Network) to hide their identity, authorized users can work freely and anonymously at the same time.
Restriction of Lateral Movement
Cyber-attacks are caused mainly by lateral movement across networks. By using a zero-trust architecture, a network is segmented. Access to each segment is regulated through a zero-trust authentication process. If intruders try to surpass the main security, the model will block them at each segment.
Monitoring Guest Acess
When collaborating with other organizations or companies, implementing zero trust becomes necessary. The administration offers a secure channel to provide guest access to allow people to work within the domains of the organizations’ network. As a result, these “guests” use the resources to complete a project.
Zero Trust Architecture goes deeper than providing singular access to individual users or devices. User identification under the zero trust model takes biometric identification into account. If a perpetrator uses a fake identity, the zero-trust private security key will demand biometric authentication based on facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, and even iris recognition. Therefore, the end-user must be authorized to access the network, or the model will block them in the initial stages of the authentication process.
A zero-trust model provides a multilayered security protocol using the rule of de-parameterization. It encrypts the data on various levels and network segments. It provides a secure channel for users to follow through with the organization’s applications and projects. Micro-segmentation of networks allows more profound protection and strict security checks when accessed through portable devices. Thus the layered authentication of data at every level keeps the organizations’ resources intact.
The “bring your own device” phenomenon opens up a network to many cyberattacks. Implementing zero trust allows an organization to authorize each device by providing a specific user name or an inherent pin code particular to that device. As a result, hackers or unauthorized devices cannot access the network’s database on a whim.
Managing data across multiple networks and locations requires a stringent cyber security method. Introducing zero trust is the most foolproof way to provide security at all levels of data transfer. With DAAS protection, restriction of lateral movement, and monitoring guest access to enhance your cyber security, implement zero trust for business owners and network users alike.