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Zero Trust: A New Paradigm for Cyber Security in the Digital Age

May 18, 2023
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Cyber security is one of the most pressing challenges facing many of our clients today.

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Cyber security is one of the most pressing challenges facing many of our clients today. The increasing sophistication and frequency of cyber attacks, coupled with the expanding digital footprint and complexity of IT systems, pose significant risks to data, assets, and operations. Traditional perimeter-based security approaches, which rely on implicit trust and static rules, are no longer sufficient to protect against modern threats that can originate from anywhere and target anything. To address this challenge, a new security paradigm has emerged: the zero trust model.

The zero trust model is a security framework that requires all users, devices, and network components to be authenticated, authorized, and continuously validated for security configuration and posture before being granted or keeping access to applications and data. The zero trust model assumes that there is no traditional network edge; networks can be local, in the cloud, or a combination or hybrid with resources anywhere as well as workers in any location.

The zero trust model eliminates implicit trust in any one element, node, or service and instead requires continuous verification of the operational picture via real-time information fed from multiple sources to determine access and other system responses. It repeatedly questions the premise that users, devices, and network components should be implicitly trusted based on their location within the network. The model embeds comprehensive security monitoring; granular, dynamic, and risk-based access controls; and system security automation in a coordinated manner throughout all aspects of the infrastructure in order to focus specifically on protecting critical assets (data) in real-time within a dynamic threat environment.

The zero trust model is proving effective in the cyber security fight because it addresses the key challenges and limitations of traditional security approaches. Some of its benefits include:

  • Reduced attack surface: The zero trust model minimizes the exposure of sensitive data and systems by limiting access to only what is needed and verified. It reduces the reliance on vulnerable network perimeters and endpoints by encrypting data at rest and in transit.
  • Improved visibility and detection: The model enhances the ability to monitor and detect anomalous or malicious activities by collecting and analyzing data from multiple sources across the infrastructure. It also enables faster response and remediation by automating actions based on predefined policies and rules.
  • Enhanced compliance and governance: The zero trust model helps meet regulatory and industry standards by enforcing strict access controls and audit trails for data and systems.
  • Increased agility and scalability: The zero trust model supports digital transformation and innovation by enabling secure access to cloud-based resources and services. The model also facilitates the adoption of new technologies and capabilities by providing a flexible and adaptable security framework.
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