Benefits Of Having A Zero Trust Network

Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, January 10, 2022

A well-planned zero trust architecture results in a more simplified network infrastructure, a more positive user experience, and enhanced cyber threat defense.

Fremont, CA: Zero trust is a security framework for cloud and mobile enterprises that states that no user or application should be trusted by default. Trust is created depending on the context, for instance, user identification and location, the security posture of the endpoint, or the app or service being requested. With policy checks at each stage, following the zero trust principle of least-privileged access. With more mobile users connecting unmanaged devices to business apps via the internet, zero-trust security is becoming more important.

Benefits of having a zero-trust network:

Reduces business and organizational risks

Zero trust solutions prevent all applications and services from communicating before their identity attributes are confirmed. Thus, zero trust mitigates risk by revealing what is on the network and how those assets communicate. After establishing baselines, a zero-trust strategy reduces the risk further by eliminating overprovisioned software and services and regularly verifying the credentials of every communication asset.

Gain access control over cloud and container environments

Security practitioners' primary concerns regarding cloud migration are access control and visibility loss. Despite advancements in cloud service provider (CSP) security, workload security continues to be a joint responsibility of the company and the CSP. In a zero-trust security architecture, security policies are imposed based on the identity of communicating workloads and are directly associated with the workloads. This keeps security as close to the assets that require protection as feasible, untouched by network structures such as IP addresses, ports, and protocols. Protection follows the workload and remains constant regardless of the changing environment.

Supports compliance initiatives

Zero trust completely isolates all user and workload connections from the internet, preventing them from being exposed or exploited. This invisibility facilitates compliance with privacy standards and legislation and results in fewer audit findings. By implementing zero trust micro-segmentation, businesses can construct perimeters around specific types of sensitive data, separating regulated and unregulated data with fine-grained controls.

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