Zero Trust

  • The major strategic goal of cyber security in the digital age is to combat and mitigate data breaches. A company’s data is its most valuable asset to protect.

  • The Zero-Trust model for more effective security is based on the following pillars

Automation and Orchestration

A zero trust platform uses technologies that enable automation and orchestration. Analytics in this area has shown how important it is for companies and security teams to leverage tools and technologies that enable automation and orchestration across the enterprise. It must be possible for leading providers of a zero-trust platform to be able to integrate into other systems to use complementary security information or pass on useful data. Conversely, companies must be able to automate their business processes.

Zero Trust

Zero Trust Networks

The ability to segment, isolate, and control the network remains an important success factor for Zero Trust. It must be ensured that only certain units (users, applications or devices) with specific requirements may access sensitive network segments or micro perimeters.

Zero Trust Data

One of the pillars of a zero-trust strategy is data security. Securing and managing data, categorising and developing data classification schemes, and encrypting data both in transit and at rest are key components of any zero-trust approach.

Zero Trust Devices

IoT and network-based device technologies have created enormous potential for network and enterprise endangerment. To truly work towards a zero-trust strategy, security professionals need to be able to isolate, secure and control every device and every computer on the network at all times.

Zero Trust People

Companies must also consider the user in the zero trust strategy so that they do not become the gateway to attacks. Most companies today do not know how much power and trust they give users. The ultimate authority of any zero-trust strategy is to restrict users' access, secure login and protect those users while interacting with the company network. This includes all the technologies required to authenticate users (e.g. multi-factor authentication) and continuous monitoring and controlling of their access and permissions.

Zero Trust Workloads

The workload is a generic term that refers to the entire application stack, which is the sum of all applications. In the broadest sense, it is about monitoring applications and their controlled execution across the enterprise network and in the cloud. As with any other area of zero trust, these connections, applications, and components must be treated as a potential attack vector and equipped with zero-trust control mechanisms and technologies.

Visibility and Analytics

Visibility is the key factor in defending valuable assets of the business, e.g. Data, knowledge, corporate secrets. But you cannot protect the invisible and you cannot fight a threat that you do not see or understand. Zero Trust requires security teams to maintain visibility and control over their entire digital business environment, regardless of location, device, user count, or hosting model. Tools such as traditional security information management (SIM) systems or advanced security analytics platforms, as well as security user behavioral analytics (SUBA) and other analytic systems, provide visibility into user activity on the network and the endpoints.

Zero Trust Simplified

  • Access to all resources and assets is secure and location-independent. These include applications, network drives or USB devices. This results in the requirement to authenticate all users and applications and to encrypt data traffic.
  • Access control is based on the principle: Does a user need this application for his daily work and what rights do they have? (e.g. reading, writing, full access).
  • All traffic must be checked.
  • The infrastructure is designed to check all activity and trust nothing and no one.
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