Evaluating the need for zero trust architecture and its effectiveness

  • Evaluating the need for zero trust architecture and its effectiveness

To protect data and other crucial resources, the tech industry has commonly relied on security devices such as firewalls, anti-malware, and VPNs. However, in the technologically advanced era where cyber threats are becoming more common and creative, relying on these tools is certainly not enough.

Organizations are required to come up with powerful and effective methods. Adopting zero trust architecture can help improve security assurance and reduce cyber risks. The Zero trust framework has been around for a while, but with the increase in cybercrimes, it is becoming more popular to implement.

What is Zero Trust Architecture?

To prevent data breaches, zero trust architecture is regarded as one of the most effective methods that can be utilized. This model works on the principle of not trusting anyone or anything and asking for strict device and identity verification, even if it is within the network perimeter.

The zero-trust security model has firm guidelines for employees or members at all levels of an organization assuming every entity may be a potential threat to security. This allows network administrators to rule out possible vulnerabilities. In zero trust architecture, users, devices, and applications are each given a unique identity that must be verified. Without this, obtaining access to an organization’s data is impossible.

To summarize in a phrase, zero trust architecture is Never Trust, Always Verify.”

Furthermore, zero trust architecture makes data inaccessible to everyone inside or outside the network by default. Users are only allowed to access the data and resources under the pre-defined circumstances and criteria falling under the organization’s security policies. Implementing zero trust may seem complex at first, but it is rewarding when it comes to safeguarding crucial data and resources.

Effectiveness of Zero Trust Architecture

Secure Remote Workforce

With the growing trend of a remote workforce, the risk of network and security exposure has increased significantly. Zero trust allows users to interact with critical data outside the physical workplace without exposing themselves to cyber risks. Moreover, the zero trust model improves monitoring and alerting, resulting in empowered abilities to detect early signs of security issues.

Easy Upgrade

It is vital for organizations to upgrade the technologies they are using and align with evolving business requirements. It cannot be denied that it is hard to keep up with security governance and compliance while upgrading technologies. However, zero trust architecture makes it a seamless and time-savvy experience by centrally managing the movement of security policies and automation tools.

Zero trust architecture not only provides time-savvy and swift movement of an organization’s resources and data but also reduces the cost of IT expenditures.

Great Network and System Visibility 

One of the many benefits of zero trust is that it gives great network and system prominence to the organization. Zero trust assumes every device and user as a potential risk while allowing organizations to decide the scalability of security strategies and resources to be covered.

If looked at from the administration’s perspective, zero trust architecture gives increased visibility into the network and system architecture. Administrators will know who is requesting access when they are requesting access, and from where they are requesting access. This way, it is easier to flag suspicious activities at the endpoint of the network and system, creating the ability for a timely response to prevent mishaps.

In an era where work modes are rapidly changing, cyber-attacks are at an all-time high. Many organizations adopting permanent work from home and support of BYOD, zero trust comes as a holistic approach for organizations to keep their data and systems safe. To strengthen defense against cyber risks, organizations must map and document all sensitive data and those who have access to it.

At Etech Global Services, we keep cyber security as our priority and always work towards providing a cyber-safe environment for all. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we keep our team members and clients safe from cyber-attacks.

By |2022-11-03T03:15:48-06:00November 3, 2022|

Author

Ronnie Mize is the Chief Security Officer of Information Technology for Etech Technical Services. Ronnie has been in the technology sector for 20 years and has held technology leadership roles with Microtech America, The Berry Company (a subsidiary of Bellsouth) and Etech. His entrepreneurial background includes extensive experience in technology development and deployment as well as implementation of business processes and defined methodology.

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