Zero Trust or Trust No One? | Bfore.AI
Key benefits of a Zero Trust architecture
A Zero Trust architecture is completely transparent to users, protects against cyber attacks and simplifies infrastructure requirements. The different components of a Zero Trust architecture make it possible to:
- Protect the network and counter malicious attacks
The IT department must guarantee users and devices a secure Internet connection, regardless of where they connect from, without the typical complexity of legacy approaches. It must also proactively identify, block and mitigate targeted threats such as malware, ransomware, phishing, DNS data exfiltration and advanced zero-day attacks against users. The Zero Trust security model enables improved levels of protection while reducing the risk of malware.
- Provide employees and partners with secure access to applications
Traditional access technologies based on outdated trust principles, such as VPNs, are particularly vulnerable to the compromise of user credentials, as proven by various breach incidents. The IT department needs to review its access model and related technologies to provide protection to the business, while promoting easy and fast access to all users (including third parties). Zero Trust security can reduce risk and complexity, while providing a consistent user experience.
- Reduce complexity and save IT resources
Enterprise access and security are complex and constantly evolving. With traditional enterprise technologies, introducing a change (typically involving several hardware and software components) often takes several days and the commitment of valuable resources. A Zero Trust security model can reduce the complexity of the architecture.
Why it is necessary to adopt a Zero Trust security model ?
In summary, today’s workforce is becoming increasingly mobile, so they are accessing applications from multiple devices outside the corporate perimeter. In the past, companies adopted the principle of trust based on prior verification, granting a user with the correct credentials access to as many sites, apps or devices as they needed. This approach resulted in increased risk of exposure, dissolving the boundaries of what was once a secure area under the company’s control and leaving many organisations vulnerable to data breaches, malware and ransomware attacks. There is now a need to ensure protection within the specific digital infrastructure where applications, data, users and devices are located.
Valid reasons for adopting a Zero Trust model
- Users, devices, applications and data are moving outside the company’s perimeter and zone of control, away from traditional data centres
- New business requirements related to digital transformation increase risk exposure
- Now that advanced and targeted threats have moved inside the corporate perimeter, it is no longer sufficient to grant trust on the basis of prior verification.
- Traditional perimeters are complex, increase risks and are not compatible with current business models
To be competitive, businesses need a Zero Trust network architecture that can protect corporate data, wherever users and devices are, while ensuring applications run quickly and smoothly.
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