Data and network security are one of the biggest concerns that businesses have been confronting in recent times. And the importance of protecting critical data from online threats, leaks, frauds, and hacking has increased significantly since the pandemic hit the world and the workers had adapt to the work from home model. With the very fact that employees are operating remotely from different parts of the world and utilizing remote networks to do official work, the data leak issue has been amplified. And in a global scenario like this one, Zero Trust Security solutions are gaining popularity amongst several organizations, who are implementing this effective mechanism to protect their data to address a scenario where users can login from any device from anywhere and generally outside the corporate perimeter.
Zero trust is a network security model that is based on a stringent identity verification process. It ensures that only verified, authorized and authenticated users and devices can access important data and applications. This process also ensures that these users are protected from any and every online threat. The implementation of zero trust security is rooted in the philosophy – never trust, always verify – which makes sense in the current scenario where data breaches and security lapses are becoming commonplace in the digital world.
While Zero Trust Security is an important aspect of operating your business online, there is a certain level of hegemony that is required in its implementation. So, here are some basic pointers on how organizations can implement zero trust security to their processes:
Identify your sensitive information
It is important to identify all your important data, where it lies, and who needs access to it. Once that is ascertained, you can implement the zero trust security protocol to ensure that the data is not breached.
Develop seamless security protocol for employees
You will need to develop a strategy depending on the size of your organization and the number of employees. Bear this in mind that it is important to first bring all employees to a single user management solution where everyone works from that software. Once that is done, you can put your security module in place. It is important to ensure that the solution is not too cumbersome for the employees to use and at the same time, robust enough to protect enough any threat.
Inspect your security system with gap analysis
It is always a good practice to cross-check the system once it has been implemented. Perform a gap analysis that will check all your security steps and highlight any loopholes in the system. This way, you can ensure that your system is sifted through various steps until it reaches the zero-trust status.
Implement a multi-faceted verification and authentication process
Having multiple layers to your verification and authentication process will ensure that there is minimum to no breaches of the system. Such processes include multiple layers of verification and authentication steps (like a fingerprint, voice recognition, etc apart from the password) to ensure that there is robust authentication in place.
Use platforms that have built-in security features
Using platforms that have built-in zero trust security features is one way to achieve zero trust security. There are several such platforms that can help you achieve your ultimate goal of achieving zero trust security.
Leave it to the experts
Most businesses, who run their operations on a small scale often tend to ignore the security threat that their data might be under because of more pressing business priorities until of course there is a breach, at which time a solution is sought in short order. In these scenarios, such companies can engage experts to assess their vulnerabilities and recommend solutions that will close the gaps.
Create safe infrastructure
IT infrastructure like servers, virtual machines, and containers are the primary targets of security attacks. Companies would be well advised to ensure all components of the infrastructure on which the data sits and travels through as well as the actual data itself is fully secure beginning with controlled, authorized, and authenticated access to them. Organizations should begin with the least privilege and then assign additional privilege only based on legitimate requirements.
Cybersecurity is an integral part of a company’s business strategy. It is not just an IT issue but a business issue. Rollout of a security strategy requires careful planning and smart implementation. It needs to look at people, process as well as technology in order to ensure successful adoption. Every link in the security chain needs to be hardened. Zero Trust Security plays an important role and is worth being included in the overall security architecture framework on the organization.