Life was much simpler 20 years ago, network security included. As technology has evolved, so has the complexity of protecting your data. Back then, you could pretty much rely on a perimeter-based “trust but verify” approach. Anyone who could verify their identity within the network could access all resources within the organization. And because most business activities happened within an office on company devices, it was a pretty solid approach.
With great growth comes challenges. In the network, those include security breaches smart enough to surpass perimeter-based security. And with the adoption of cloud computing and the resulting growth of remote work, challenges increased. Trust but verification wasn’t enough. Along came “de-perimeterization”—now known as Zero Trust—to solve for these new security challenges.
Based on the concept of “never trust, always verify,” Zero Trust is a foundation of a cyber-resistant organization. The identity of all users must be verified before being granted the necessary privileges to access their organization’s key components, such as applications and data. Success requires not only strategic planning but also employee alignment and participation.
Business complexity continues to grow with hybrid and remote workforce demands, data storage intricacy, and multiple platforms and environments to protect. Also known as Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA), implementation requires a mindset shift. To understand this better, let’s cover a few key terms surrounding ZT.
There are a few misconceptions about Zero Trust.
Zero Trust requires a mindset change, but it’s one that benefits your organization’s security posture and compliance outlook, while reducing complexity and cost over time. It must be continually evaluated, adjusted, and improved according to your unique business needs.
With growing cybersecurity challenges from increasingly remote workforces, an executive order to improve national cybersecurity was issued in 2021. One outcome of this order was the release of the first Zero Trust Maturity Model, or ZTMM, from the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Released in 2023, the latest update expands on the five core pillars of Zero Trust. These pillars outline the growth journey your organization can take in the path to implementing Zero Trust.
The evolution of Zero Trust can look like this:
As outlined in the latest ZTMM release, “these maturity stages and the details associated with each pillar allow agencies to assess, plan, and maintain the investments needed to progress toward a ZTA.”
The Zero Trust Maturity Model will continue to mature (pun intended). While there isn’t one product or set of products that answer all your Zero Trust needs, technology partners like Veritas can make all the difference to smooth Zero Trust planning and positioning.
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