Issues Associated with the Implementation of the Zero-Trust Security Model

Enterprise Security Magazine | Sunday, May 22, 2022

There are three major zero-trust security challenges, but organizations must learn to overcome them because the model is extremely beneficial.

FREMONT, CA: The zero-trust security model is an ultra-safe defense against emerging, unidentified threats. However, unlike perimeter security, it does not assume that people within an organization are always safe. Instead, before any access is granted, every user – inside and outside – must be authorized.

It is neither quick nor simple to switch from one cybersecurity strategy to another. This is especially true for large organizations or those using legacy security systems. For example, moving to a zero-trust model may be appealing – even required – but leaders should consider the disruption that comes with such a change.

Explore the top three challenges of zero-trust in this article.

A Bit by Bit approach to zero-trust cybersecurity can create gaps

Zero-trust cybersecurity might gradually lead to superior security, but along the way, it can put companies at greater risk.

Most companies customize their strategies using a piecemeal approach, but gaps or cracks that make zero trust less ironclad than advertised may develop. Unwinding a legacy solution may lead to unexpected security lapses.

Zero-trust cybersecurity requires a dedication to ongoing administration

Another obstacle to shifting to a zero-trust cybersecurity model is necessary for the current administration. Zero-trust models are dependent on a vast network of strictly defined permissions, but companies constantly evolve. As a result, access controls must be updated to ensure the correct people have access to specific information. In addition, keeping the valid licenses up to date requires ongoing input.

This is problematic: If controls aren't updated, unauthorized parties could gain access to sensitive information. Imagine that a person was fired but could still access internal details for a week. That person could have a powerful intent to go rogue, undermining the role of speed in a zero-trust strategy. Data is at risk if companies cannot act quickly in these situations.

Zero trust vs. productivity

Introducing a zero-trust cybersecurity approach may affect productivity. The key challenge of zero trust is locking down access without bringing workflows to a grinding halt; if individuals change roles and find themselves locked out of files or applications for a week, their productivity plummets.

Data breaches will continue despite the efforts of the vast cybersecurity community. Zero-trust cybersecurity focuses on securing assets themselves rather than just entry points to combat this.