IT Security is at a crossroad. Organisations are pushing forward with digital transformations, workplace enablement programmes and greater support for hybrid and remote working. It's an exciting time. But for IT teams, the journey has complications: legacy networks, fewer security professionals and growing cyber security threats, to name a few.
It's time to make a choice: Keep doing the same and rely on traditional security architecture that assumes trust for the device or embrace Zero Trust Security.
What is Zero Trust Security? It’s user orientated rather than device orientated. Users must prove they're authorised to access specific resources each time they log in. Zero Trust Security trusts nothing by default, and verification is required from everyone trying to access resources.
Zero Trust strategies are gaining momentum. According to a 2022 survey by Cybersecurity Insiders, 72% of organisations have implemented or plan to implement Zero Trust Security strategy.
Importantly, it's not about replacing your current infrastructure. It's simply not needed. Effective solutions can be added to the current environment and provide the security and required features without turning it into a massive project.
How to implement Zero Trust Security?
Implementing Zero Trust Security can feel like it’s going to be a large, challenging process — but it doesn’t need to be. The answer lies in our roadmap to success, which outlines everything to look for when researching your options.
#1 Connect users to internal systems
Bridge the gap between your IT resources and your human resources
Empower remote workers and contractors to be more productive by safely freeing them from the complexities of VPNs and providing the same work environment everywhere. Experience improved user satisfaction, with no bandwidth or latency issues.
#2 Enable business in a hybrid world
Futureproof your infrastructure, as you transition to a hybrid world
Zero Trust Security can help your organisation rapidly drive digital transformation – for example, organisations used G/On to enable secure mobility during the pandemic with the mass global exodus of workers from offices to work from home.
# 3 Proactive prevention
Stop attacks from happening in the first place
Implement your Zero Trust strategy at your own pace without the need to rip-and-replace your current infrastructure.
#4 Focus on innovation, not threat mitigation
Empower IT to work for the company again
An access-based approach to Zero Trust propels innovation at great speeds across your enterprise, allowing you, your IT team and your employees to be more creative
#5 Enjoy simplicity without compromise
Bring IT to users, without intrusion on your network or for your users
End users and administrators find this access-based approach to Zero Trust makes their lives easier as well.
#6 Maintain privacy at all times
Keep private and business data separate
As more privacy and data sovereignty laws are introduced, immediately meet those needs - No client installation, no intrusion on private devices and leaves no traces.
Zero Trust Security protects the enterprise by enforcing granular controls over user access permissions, allowing only access to applications defined and within defined security policies.
Whether a user is trying to view, copy/paste, upload, or download, the company will have direct control, no matter what device the employee is using. Zero Trust policies control access permissions on a very granular level based on verified user context. This ability to connect users to applications but block access to specific features in real-time enables the flow of business while still protecting companies from potential data breaches.
Want to find out more about how to implement Zero Trust Security? Download your copy of How G/On provides a giant leap into the Zero Trust era
Originally published 11th October 2021, updated 28th September 2022 for relevancy