One of the latest buzzwords in the cyber security industry is “Zero Trust”. In short, a zero-trust model means that you leave no room for error and trust no one or anything.
With the hybrid workplace becoming the new norm as a result of the pandemic and several emerging technologies such as Metaverse, Web3, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, the cybersecurity industry is working hard to be future-proof as usual. – as ready as possible. But since we have yet to see the evolution of these technologies and their impact, we must tread carefully while using them.
So what is zero trust? Is this a new product? Is it a certification or just a buzzword in the cybersecurity industry?
Some organizations mistake zero trust for a specific product or certificate. The Zero Trust Model is not a product or certification in the cybersecurity industry. The model is deployed to provide ultimate cyber and cloud security. It is placed for the security of our internal and external stakeholders.
He lives by one important concept: “never trust, always verify.” It also includes enabling multi-factor authentication to allow access to any app or platform. It is also about adopting micro-segmentation of security perimeters to prevent any security breach.
Any new security feature or model will not be completely risk-free without building compliance and good habits among employees. Likewise, zero trust is about building good habits in your employees. It’s also about ensuring your employees enable multi-factor authentication when logging into any apps or platforms. It’s an extra layer of compliance that an IT administrator, someone at a higher level, or even a deployer can’t bypass. There should be a top-down approach and authentication and ongoing validation of all employees to improve the security posture across the organization.
The zero-trust model is not just about multi-factor authentication. It also requires authentication and authorization of all users and continuous review of security configurations to access any application or data. This is done as an extra layer of security. This model has various advantages such as remote authentication and employee verification. This allows them to work peacefully in a remote or hybrid setting.
So can you adopt a zero-trust model whenever you want?
Before implementing any new security model, we need to understand the return on investment. We need to know if we need it. We need to understand that while zero trust is a way to secure the most important assets of a business, it is equally important to know that the “juice is worth the squeeze”.
When you decide to use trustless security, you must be a digital organization. To apply a zero-trust model to your organization, you must be a digital organization with digital assets that require cloud and cyber protection. For example, your employees should have digital assets to verify themselves.
We don’t need to go down every path or adopt every new technology that comes out. We must first understand our security needs and act accordingly. Your cybersecurity investments will only pay off if you and your employees are willing to commit to it over the long term and develop good habits to ensure complete cybersecurity.
This article was written by Dave Russell, Vice President of Enterprise Strategy at Veeam Software.
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