8 Benefits of Implementing a Zero Trust Architecture
The focus on global cybersecurity is at an all-time high. This is because of the frequency, sophistication, and cost that comes with a cyberattack.
According to IBM’s cost of a Data Breach Report 2021, the data breach costs rose from USD 3.86 million to USD 4.24 million, which is the highest average total cost in the 17-year history of the report.
The increase was mainly attributed to the pandemic forcing people to work remotely. The report also cited that whenever an organization implemented a Zero Trust architecture, there were fewer data breaches. This greatly underlines the importance of implementing a Zero Trust Architecture.
What is a Zero Trust Architecture?
The Zero Trust model is simple to understand. It is not a single technology or solution, it is just a strategy upon which one has to build the security ecosystem.
Zero trust assumes everything to be hostile. It does not trust any device or anyone including internal employees. It aims to ensure that either the damage is mitigated or if not, in the worst case possible, it is reduced to a bare minimum.
As the protection provided is environment-agnostic, applications and services are secured even if there are cross-organizational communications.
Benefits of implementing a Zero Trust Architecture
There are several benefits when you implement a Zero Trust Architecture, some are given below:
1. Offers threat protection against both internal and external threats
External threats or hackers act from outside the organization and have to overcome the external security defense system to have access to the organization’s data.
Malware, Phishing, DDoS attacks, ransomware, Trojan, worm, etc. are some of the methods used by hackers to gain entry into the organization’s corporate network. Unlike external threats, internal ones are usually hard to detect. This is because sometimes internal threat actors may not threaten the organization’s data intentionally and maybe partners in crime unknowingly.
As Zero Trust operates on baseline standards of activity, any deviation is automatically triggered and analyzed for potential malicious activity. This helps in the overall reduction in risk exposure.
2. Provides increased visibility into all user access
The essence of Zero Trust is adaptive identity-based access control. This adaptive adjustment of authority by trust levels helps form a dynamic adaptive security closed loop with strong risk coping ability.
Therefore, all data and systems are ideally protected because it provides enhanced visibility to all data access activities. As data monitoring is included in the architecture, you have full visibility of who accesses your data and at what time and from which location. This will help the security system of the organization to flag any unwanted behaviors or entries to the data.
3, Limits the possibility of data exfiltration
Data exfiltration is a technique used by malicious actors to target, copy, and transfer sensitive information. This can be done remotely or manually and can be extremely difficult to detect as it often resembles business-justified network access. In a Zero Trust environment as all activities are closely monitored, data exfiltration is greatly reduced.
4. Secures Cloud adoption
While the adoption of cloud is rapid yet organizations often fear that they will not be able to have visibility and access control. However, contrary to that notion, Zero Trust technology, and its control bring together context, collaboration, and visibility.
Zero trust technologies enable the classification of all assets on the cloud so that the right protections and access controls can be established.
5. Ensures data privacy
Today organizations work in a diverse and distributed ecosystem making it difficult to keep customers’ personal information private. Strong authentication and validation of Zero Trust makes it possible to ensure data privacy and in turn build customer trust.
6. Enables hybrid workforce security
The digitization and rapid cloud adoption have resulted in a remote working style. Moreover, the recent pandemic has pushed people to collaborate from anywhere using any device. Such a scattered workforce ecosystem demands the correlation of real-time security context across all security domains.
7. Lowers reliance on endpoint protection
Corporate endpoints like servers, laptops, desktops, and critical Point of Sales (POS) are often targeted by hackers to gain access to valuable network assets. These endpoints are the most common way for ransomware and malware to enter into an organization’s network.
Even though organizations have already installed some endpoint security solutions, these attacks persist. With the Zero Trust architecture, you can put identity at the center of your security and lower your reliance on these traditional endpoint protection solutions.
8. Supports regulatory compliance
New regulatory compliances like General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), HIPAA, and a host of other regulatory compliance regulations are of top concern for organizations.
The challenge posed by these regulations is how to protect the data and keep it safe. In a Zero Trust architecture, each time a movement is made, the identity and payload are verified, which helps to stop the attack before data can be reached.
Zero Trust is the new way to architect your cybersecurity. It provides a collection of concepts, ideas, and component relationships designed to eliminate the uncertainty in enforcing accurate access decisions in information systems and services. As it is evident from above, the benefits of Zero Trust outweigh its implementation costs and other factors.
Microsoft with its M365 is a market leader when it comes to Zero Trust implementation. SECUDE’s products and solutions complement Microsoft’s solution for data protection.
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