What Is Zero Trust Identity Security and How It Helps Your Enterprise?
If businesses are able to look past the pandemic related remote work environments, they will be able to realize that the shift in global workforce is here to stay. In the “new normal”, it is no longer safe to assume that networks, devices or users are secure. In the presence of malicious security threats, Zero Trust is a must have.
What is Zero Trust?
Zero Trust architecture does not allow enterprises to perpetually trust any user, endpoint device or network. Its inherent philosophy is that trust must be earned, and the first step towards this trust is identity verification. Users should demonstrate who they are, so that the systems know what digital assets or IT resources they are authorized to access. In zero trust architectures, this has to be an ongoing process. Both verification and authorization combine to lay a solid foundation for Zero Trust architectures.
Reasons to Deploy A Zero Trust Model
Regardless of their location, enterprises should retain their employees’ productivity and ability to innovate, by providing secure IT infrastructures.
In the following points, we have pointed out a few reasons why you should immediately set up a Zero Trust network architecture for your enterprise.
1. Zero Trust architectures are faster as compared to the traditional Virtual Private Networks (VPN). They deliver quicker deployment and on-boarding.
2. It also reduces risk, and delivers security measures for web applications by providing them with their own access control options.
3. Zero Trust architectures trust end-users or end-point devices based on their identity, location, time of the day, behavior, context and health of their devices.
Advantages of Zero Trust Architecture
Here, we have specifically talked about the most important benefits that enterprises can get by the deployment of Zero Trust architecture, across their IT environments.
1. Un-rivaled Portability
With traditional access control methods, mostly users within the confines of the core network of enterprises are given privileged access. Zero Trust models have allowed remote-based workers to have secure and seamless access to all the same systems, whether they are working from home (WFH), offices, or from a coffee shop. Portability leads to a lot of flexibility, as your location is not a key consideration for authorization and authentication.
A timely switch to Zero Trust helps organizations reduce their attack surface and diminish the chances of exposure to bad actors. Even if cyber miscreants have managed to compromise an enterprise’s digital assets, Zero Trust stops any sort of lateral movements thereon.
3. Easy to Use
Employees can sign in with their credentials, use a strong second factor to validate their identity, and they are all set to go. Zero trust security is fairly straightforward for employees, once they “get a hang of it”.
An enterprise must proactively adopt Zero Trust as an absolute business necessity, instead of viewing it as something optional. It is about time that IT leaders and risk management professionals begin to walk the path towards a Zero Trust journey.
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