Zero Trust is a hot topic these days – for good reason. Businesses are quickly transitioning to the “new normal” and that includes supporting and securing a remote workforce. Today’s organizations need a new security model that more effectively adapts to the complexity of the modern environment, embraces the mobile workforce, and protects people, devices, apps, and data wherever they’re located.

Zero trust supports employees working remotely by providing more secure access to corporate resources through continuous assessment and intent-based policies.

The old approach just assumed that the firewall was keeping the bad guys out. Businesses need to adjust their mindset and understand that the bad actors are already in their environment. Zero Trust approaches security in a new way.

Instead of assuming everything behind the corporate firewall is safe, the Zero Trust model assumes breach and verifies each request as though it originates from an open network. Regardless of where the request originates or what resource it accesses, Zero Trust teaches us to “never trust, always verify.” Every access request is fully authenticated, authorized, and encrypted before granting access.

Zero Trust principles

Verify explicitly

Always authenticate and authorize based on all available data points, including user identity, location, device health, service or workload, data classification, and anomalies.

Use least privileged access

Limit user access with just-in-time and just-enough-access (JIT/JEA), risk-based adaptive polices, and data protection to help secure both data and productivity.

Assume breach

Minimize blast radius for breaches and prevent lateral movement by segmenting access by network, user, devices, and app awareness. Verify all sessions are encrypted end to end. Use analytics to get visibility and drive threat detection and improve defenses.

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