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Advantages of Adopting Zero-Trust Security

Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, July 26, 2021

Companies are applying zero-trust security for businesses because it offers a wide range of security benefits. 

FREMONT, CA: A detailed plan is necessary for securing, maintaining, and monitoring a business IT infrastructure. Instead of building a framework from scratch, security leaders might use several publicly available approaches to help their data security programs. The zero-trust security model is one of the well-known examples of available systems. From a methodology and a benefits standpoint, this model varies from existing security framework approaches.

As the name indicates, zero-trust security considers every user, device, and resource untrustworthy, irrespective of who they are or where they connect to the corporate network. This is striking compared to more conventional security frameworks, which often build security control barriers that place less trust on individuals on the outside than on the inside. There are no limits when it is zero-trust, and nothing is intrinsically reliable.

While visibly more limiting, zero-trust architecture has the advantage of creating a significantly more secure environment that protects critical data and digital assets from illegal access. This transition is in reaction to a corporate network's ability to serve an increasing number of users, autonomous IoT devices, and networked applications.

What are the business benefits of zero trust?

The zero-trust framework has a wide range of security benefits because it is a holistic strategy for a business. Let's take a look at the commercial benefits of a zero-trust architecture in terms of cybersecurity.

An accurate inventory of infrastructure

Administrators must clearly understand which people, devices, data, applications, and services are part of the corporate infrastructure and where those resources are located to achieve zero-trust. A comprehensive infrastructure inventory is helpful for security purposes and long-term performance planning.

Improved monitoring and alerting

If companies don't have the necessary tools, maintaining a zero-trust architecture can be difficult. SIEM, security orchestration, automation and response, and network detection and response are examples of resources that employ a combination of log and event analysis to determine when security concerns arise and then offer insights on how to fix them. Administrators of security operations centers will be able to identify and react to cybersecurity threats more quickly due to this.

An outstanding investment against lost or stolen data

Zero-trust architectures must be viewed as a form of insurance against data loss or theft. Given that the expense of a single data breach is currently approaching $4 million, implementing and managing a zero-trust cybersecurity strategy to avoid such a loss can be seen as money spent wisely.

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