As world leaders scramble to come to a diplomatic deal to de-escalate rising tensions amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis, cybersecurity experts are imploring businesses to shore up their cybersecurity systems and business continuity plans to avoid a potential wave of State-Backed cyberattacks.
The recommended approach?
A Zero Trust Architecture with identity and privileged access management.
In the case of foreign affairs and the security of any organization around the world, all it takes is one loose password getting stolen by bad actors to unleash business secrets and halt productivity. Or worse, hold the organization’s data for ransom. To reduce the risk of a breach, a Zero Trust security model relies on continuous verification through information from multiple sources to confirm access credentials.
What Is Zero Trust?
Zero Trust is a security approach that addresses new network realities by trusting no one — internal or external to your organization.
Instead of approaching security as a closed, perimeter-based system, Zero Trust “never trusts, always verifies,” wrapping security around every user, device, and connection for every single authentication. The security model provides your organization with adaptive and continuous protection for users, data, and assets. The result? You can proactively manage threats.
Historically, organizations have assumed a level of trust within a closed perimeter. In reality, the premise that “everything on the inside is safe” is simply misguided. Zero Trust can help you more quickly mobilize, organize, and strategize a comprehensive approach to counter threats by assuming a network is always at risk from both external and internal threats.
The basic tenets of Zero Trust are:
- Trust nothing
- Secure everything
- Contextually authenticate requestors
- Contextually evaluate access requests
- Grant access by the Principle of Least Privilege (PoLP), allowing users the minimum access privileges necessary to perform a specific job or task and nothing more
Why Is Zero Trust the Future of Cybersecurity?
This year, 80% of modern applications that organizations connect to ecosystem partners will utilize some form of Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA). By 2023, 60% of enterprises will phase out traditional models like virtual private networks and move toward a Zero Trust philosophy, according to Gartner’s “Guide for Zero Trust Network Access.” It’s clear that most organizations perceive Zero Trust to be the future of their cybersecurity – but why exactly?
Zero Trust addresses the security needs of a data-driven, SaaS-rich, and growing hybrid cloud environment without the constraints of conventional methodologies. For example, organizations can improve their security posture with cloud-hosted software by enforcing multifactor authentication and leveraging federation standards like SAML. Additionally, by adopting a Zero Trust Architecture, which includes automated identity and access management (IAM) and privileged access management (PAM), stakeholders can gain valuable insight into their organizations' security. This understanding is especially true for user entitlements (accounts and group memberships) that attackers exploit to move laterally and elevate access.
Combat State-Backed Actors and More
The magnitude of cyber threats facing companies continues to grow exponentially from Russia and beyond. You can face potential state-backed incursions and evolving risks with Zero Trust-powered identity and privileged access cybersecurity.
Discover more of the benefits of Zero Trust and how to implement a Zero Trust architecture with our eBook: Zero Trust Access Management: A Journey, Not A Destination.
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