Zero-Trust Security is the future. With the right tools, zero-trust provides more granular and effective security. Legacy solutions, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), lack the capabilities necessary to implement a zero-trust security strategy.
Zero-Trust Security is the Future
Perimeter-focused security models include security measures like firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems act like security checkpoints, like physical perimeters like walls and doors. Some of the primary limitations include:
- Dissolving Perimeters: With growing cloud adoption, the perimeter of a legacy security model would need to enclose the entire Internet, making it ineffective for security.
- Insider Threats: Insider threats — such as attackers that breach an organization’s defenses, supply chain vulnerabilities, and malicious users — are all invisible to perimeter-based defenses.
- Trusted Outsiders: The growth of remote work means that companies need to find ways to account for trusted users outside of the perimeter, forcing the use of insecure and unscalable VPNs.
Drivers of Zero-Trust
With 94% of companies already starting implementation, here is why:
- Corporate Security: Zero-trust promises to reduce the probability and impact of data breaches, ransomware infections, and other security incidents – which are enabled by remote access solutions.
- Regulatory Compliance: Implementing zero-trust is best practice for compliance now and may be mandatory in future updates of regulations.
- Incident Investigation: A zero-trust security system creates an audit trail of all access requests, which is invaluable when investigating a security incident or demonstrating regulatory compliance.
- Greater Visibility: Zero-trust’s stronger access control provides granular visibility into access requests, providing insight into how corporate IT assets are being used and inform infrastructure design and investment.
Achieving Zero-Trust with SSE and SASE
These two essential capabilities of zero-trust — access control and session security monitoring — are the reason why Security Service Edge (SSE) and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) are ideal for implementing a corporate zero trust program. SASE solutions include zero-trust network access (ZTNA) functionality, which provides the ability to enforce least privilege access controls across the corporate WAN.
Zero-trust is the future of cyber security for companies. VPNs and other legacy software are not equipped to combat the threats that come with remote, or hybrid, workforces. It’ time to upgrade to keep your company’s business safe! Contact us at Access Tech where we can provide an assessment of your cyber security and help fill the gaps in your structure.