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Demystifying Zero Trust in Today’s Digital Environment

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Zero Trust fulfills basic criteria for modern security technology. Hence, the organizations can embrace greater success with Zero Trust enhancing safety and security, says  Prashanth GJ, CEO, TechnoBind.
Our society has been impacted in many ways, fundamentally changing the way businesses operate. Since early March 2020, there has been a significant increase in malicious cyber activity across the world. A major cyberattack changes the way we do business and how we secure our personal and business assets every year. Hence, adopting a model that puts a robust structure at the core of our security program is critical. It ensures our employees can work from remote locations, safely, securely, and efficiently while safeguarding our business from cyber attackers.
A recent survey of Check Point shows that remote working is still a risky business. Out of all the firms surveyed, only 9% have implemented the best security strategy and 21% are still in the planning stage. But now, it’s high time and CIOs, CISOs are increasingly implementing Zero Trust as the technologies that support its move into the mainstream, as the pressure to protect enterprise systems and data grows significantly, and as attacks become more sophisticated.
Zero Trust helps businesses to navigate through their current challenges:
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in zero trust was being driven by a need to modernize how the information security stack works. The pandemic forced the hand of organizations and now are increasingly being driven to zero trust by the stress pandemic is putting on their infrastructure, particularly on virtual private networks because organizations’ networks are no longer a source of trust. The Zero Trust is a framework that helps organizations better define their access control strategies and ramp up authentication. Zero trust also addresses the agile needs of a modern organization. It allows a far more flexible and agile way of working and accessing corporate resources for users. As we step more deeply into digital transformation, the adoption of zero-trust principles is continuously growing, and has become part of the basic architecture of every organization’s security environment.
Benefits of getting Zero Trust security and why an organisation need:
  • In a zero trust model, anyone trying to access the network must be continuously verified via mechanisms like multi-factor authentication. Its security model strictly believes that everything inside is by default secure, and the only thing that requires adequate security is outside network access.
  • No access is provided until the system verifies the individual or device demanding access to the IP address, device, or storage.
  • Zero Trust enables the security and IT team to work smarter as it utilizes centralized monitoring. They can easily generate reliable data stored in a single location. This facilitates robust analytics, so the team can gain insights they wouldn’t be able to otherwise. As a result, the security team can maintain a more secure environment with fewer staff.
  • Reduces the risk of data exfiltration while improving the end-user experience
While the Covid-19 suddenly disrupted the way of working and companies did not have enough time to implement necessary security measures in the beginning but the CIOs, CISOs and other decision-makers of an organization should consider putting their best foot forward in securing important consumer information and business data by leveraging robust layers of defense through a zero trust security model. With the increasing risk of security breaches from within a network, the need for a zero trust mechanism becomes more crucial than ever before.
The implementation of a Zero Trust Model thus ensures significant benefits for businesses. Not only do they ensure better visibility across the network, but also focus on a continuous assessment of risk and trust associated with each user, each device, and each access request also ensures all-around streamlined security.

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