Zero Trust Security Now a Priority for Businesses

Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Many organizations are conscious of their security, and 78 percent agree that zero trust priority has increased amidst the pandemic.

FREMONT, CA: According to a study from identity firm Okta, organizations have become more security conscious amidst the pandemic. Over 600 global security leaders were surveyed in this report regarding their initiatives. The report highlights that remote work has driven a change in organizations' perspectives towards the importance of zero trust, especially in the healthcare sector, the software industry, and financial services. Around 78 percent of companies agree that their priorities have changed, and nearly 90 percent are currently working on a zero-trust initiative. While in 2019,  eighteen percent of European companies considered zero trust as a priority. However, two years later, the region is more globally matured regarding zero trust adoption, as 90 percent of them have either fully implemented the strategy or are planning to do so in a few months.

Among them, in 2021, around 82 percent of European organizations have increased their zero trust budget, while none have stated a decrease in their budget. This comes amidst a period when cuts have been widespread, which indicates the significance of zero trust as a security measure. Ben King, CSO, EMEA at Okta, commented that this research is the result that cybersecurity remains a vital issue for firms, which has further elevated due to the risk landscape generated by the pandemic. Organizations are opting for a more robust and comprehensive security posture centered around the zero trust principle of never trust, always verify, to avoid being the next target of the data breach or attack. Organizations must recognize that employees, customers, partners, contractors, and suppliers are the new perimeter and should adopt strong authentication across all services from premises to cloud, to mobile, and generally everywhere.