Zero Trust Security: Definition, Working, and More

All About Zero Trust Security - Verito Technologies

Since employees have been allowed to work from anywhere, a question mark hangs around organizations to ensure infrastructural security. Most companies willing to let their workforce work from home try to do their best to keep internal data – both business-sensitive and general, secure. In addition, they deploy IT teams to look for innovative ways to protect their technical assets from external threats.

However, in the recent past, there has been a surge in cyberattacks on less secure data across industries. Statistics also show that more than one-third of businesses (34%) around the globe are impacted by insider threats every year. This has left companies running at different scales to adopt Zero Trust Security for network access. 

Although Zero Trust Security (ZTS) means trusting no one, even the employees, when it comes to ensuring data security at the organizational level. However, this does not mean the hired workforce is looked down on.

To better understand how Zero Trust Security can benefit your business and how to deploy the ZTS system, continue reading.

Understanding Zero Trust Architecture – How Does It Work?

The Zero Trust security model has recently gained more traction as a buzzword. In simpler terms, it means that only certain people should have access to the resources they need – data, services, or networks, nothing more or less than that in every possible circumstance. 

The architecture in a rigid Zero Trust system is designed to protect the work environment with multi-layer authentication. This is done based on the presumption that you cannot trust anyone inside or outside your organization. Unfortunately, it can also be interpreted in a way that means a threat can exist or come from anywhere. This is different from the traditional security norms that implicitly trust everything and everyone within an organization.

With cloud adoption, you need granular security controls over data and network security, which is why knowing how ZTS works is essential. You should also know that:

  • The Zero Trust Security system’s architecture considers every individual a threat.
  • It involves multi-factor authentication to ensure that each user’s identity is checked before using any private resources.
  • You must authenticate even traffic from recognized devices via fingerprints, identity, or OTP sharing before allowing access to resources. Here, identity validation helps create strong security in a workspace environment. 
  • The architecture also requires the organizations to monitor employees’ activity and device details.

Principles of Zero Trust Security You Should Know

  • Least privilege access

This is meant to set up a secure model that provides adequate access in time and for a limited time only. Therefore, it is quite helpful in breaking the chain of cyber attacks on workstations, private servers, and networks.

  • Device access control

It defines rules for strict device access control and monitoring the number of devices accessing business-related resources at any time, thus further eliminating the risk of external attacks.

  • Microsegmentation

This principle of ZTS covers breaking up business network/security into different zones so that a user with access to one zone cannot access any other one.

  • Lateral movement prevention

Designed to prevent the movement of a cyber threat once it reaches a secure network. The system will be designed in a way that it contains the danger laterally within one segment.

  • Multi-factor authentication

A fundamental principle for a security-driven policy, MFA is used to validate users and provide access under layered authentication protocols. 

Zero Trust Use Cases for IT Organizations

Zero Trust Security is slowly becoming a standard or norm in various industries. It provides secure passage for resource sharing while mitigating the risk of multiple threats. Almost every organization requires IT infrastructure and can benefit from a ZTS system. Here are a few use cases:

  • External support for IT needs

While trusting your employees, you need to rely on a third-party managed IT service provider to safeguard your firm’s integrity. The external team can be deployed to build a Zero Trust Security system for complete security.

  • Cloud adoption

Since cloud hosting solutions are gaining popularity, traditional practices have posed challenges. It is because local devices used for cloud network access are difficult to secure. With a ZTS system, your IT team can reduce the access parameter by limiting only specific users to accessing cloud-hosted data and applications.

Implement Zero Trust Security with Verito Technologies

Verito Technologies, a trusted cloud solution provider, also offers a comprehensive suite of managed IT services to cater to the needs of modern organizations. In addition, we have designed managed security offerings to ensure the utmost security for your organizational infrastructure and data.

To discuss your requirements, give us a call at 1-855-583-7486. 

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