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What is Zero Trust Architecture and Why You Want to Go There

Posted by Molly Malone on Sep 15, 2021 12:16:09 PM

Cybersecurity is a concern that growing numbers of people are required to address. Leaders of organizations are expected to protect data stored on computers, servers, phones and in the cloud while cyber criminals are getting more sophisticated by the day.

Without having an in-depth technical background, knowing where to start and when to feel that all the pieces are in place keeps many people from making more than cursory attempts at data security. Like physical security, locks are a great start, an alarm system and motion-activated lights are better, but a full-time security guard that trusts no one is best.

Hiring a full-service cybersecurity firm can be daunting. Working with a firm implementing Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) is a great criterion for the layperson to employ when evaluating cybersecurity experts.

Zero Trust Architecture as a concept has been evolving since 1994. In late 2018, The US National Cyber Security Center of Excellence published a document outlining key principles in building an enterprise’s full cybersecurity plan, including network infrastructure, workflow planning, and access policies--both virtual and physical. Authentication of individual users and devices is governed by policies mapped to workflows, ensuring that people have access to the information they need to perform their functions but not to the entire network of data that could be compromised with a single mouse click.

Achieving full Zero Trust Architecture should be the goal of all organizations handling sensitive information. Starting from scratch would take tremendous time and resources most organizations cannot spare. Solutionz Security works with organizations to provide a snapshot of their cybersecurity defenses in relation to full ZTA (in the form of a free Defense Posture Assessment) and then makes recommendations of the layers of security needed to address the breadth of cybersecurity concerns: People. Processes. Technology.

A single monitoring and blocking tool sold by a cybersecurity firm will not come close to achieving ZTA. For example, training individuals to recognize and prevent potential cyberattacks is crucial to ensuring data security. Solutionz Security provides easy (and even entertaining!) online training requiring minimal investment of time and money. Real-time data on engagement tracks results of monthly phishing tests and simple quizzes following often humorous educational videos.

Mapping workflows to create policies for network access is a key feature of designing systems with ZTA standards. Solutionz Security’s team of experts interview and collaborate with internal teams to build cybersecurity solutions to meet ZTA standards as well as any industry-specific compliance standards. Collaboration is vital to bringing an organization to full ZTA and something that Solutionz Security specializes in.

Contact us for a free Defense Posture Assessment and let us show you how we can move your organization toward full ZTA!

 

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