7 Zero Trust Strategies from Security Leaders
Technology has been constantly advancing, and with more speed every time. Having all information within the reach of our hands is more than helpful. However, as these advances help make everyone’s life easier, not all of us are willing to use it for good.
The Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020 stated that, $3.86 million was the total global average cost of a data breach for that year. While we’re willing to give technology its best use, some people take advantage of the ease with which anyone can access information.
In 2010, Joe Kindervag created the ‘’Zero Trust Model’’. But what does it mean?
‘’Zero Trust is a security concept centered on the belief that organizations should not automatically trust anything inside or outside its perimeters. Instead, must verify anything and everything trying to connect to its systems, before granting access’’ -Mary K. Pratt, 2018
Since then, the Zero Trust model has been adopted by several companies. Security leaders promote this model and have shared some strategies for its best practices.
Here are 7 Zero Trust Strategies from Security Leaders
1. Use identities to control access
People, services and IoT devices must validate identities. Make sure access is manageable and typical for each} identity.
2. Elevate authentication
In addition to the first strategy, multifactor authentication will improve your company’s security status. By continuously authenticating identities, your company could be able to validate them with the user’s IP address, or even recognize behavioral patterns.
3. Incorporate passwordless authentication
This authentication process substitutes the traditional password, using now two or more verification factors (making a public and a private key for the device when it’s registered).
PIN, fingerprint, scan, facial or iris recognition, are some of the options you can choose for the private local key.
4. Segment your corporate network
Controlling networks is critical for enhancing visibility, this can help prevent outsiders from moving inside the network.
5. Secure your devices
Security policies for devices must be the same, if it’s either a corporate or a personal owned device. Zero Trust take in any device, to make sure the same process is respected, and no unreliable device gets access.
6. Segment your applications
Make sure your in-app permissions are adequate, constantly monitoring for abnormal behavior, restriction in user actions and validating security of configuration options.
7. Define roles and access controls
It might seem helpful righ now to manage roles as a part of the authorization process, but it’s important to have into consideration the number of roles created. Think about management, and how in a future you might be left with multiple outdated accounts.
The adoption of the Zero Trust model is a journey. While some companies might start with access and identity management, others might find network micro and macro segmentation as a better point of entry.
This process may seem like a hard path to walk, but many successful organizations have walked through it. Finding what better suits your company’s necessities and understanding where you are, is the best way to learn where to start.
If you want to know more details about these strategies, read this.
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