Zero Trust to Reinvent Security Strategy in Business

April 18, 201910:12 am
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Business Australia cited that online sphere has a potential to reach broader customer base, use international suppliers, and save on admin or supply costs. These are examples of how digital technology is changing the way business grows and operates in our everyday lives. As digital footprint grows, organisations should form a new online identity such as digital security. According to Gemalto, digital security is a protection of your business online identity. It pushes away online business threat and keeps your business secure.  

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Following what Gemalto says, zero trust could be a good fit for your online security program. Cloud Flare defined zero trust as a security model that uses verification from everyone trying to gain access to resources on network in your online business. It warns security leaders about dangers of numerous trust assumptions made in their business model and prevents data breaches. Zero trust is a data-first framework to achieve security using microperimeters and microsegmentation. Additionally, zero trust security approach can potentially increase data security through obfuscation techniques that limit risks associated with excessive user privileges and improve security detection. Forrester in their Zero Trust article mentioned that zero trust is a technology which focuses on simplicity and reality of how things are now in businesses.

Likewise, Forrester insight on Zero Trust showed that a comprehensive zero trust strategy can solve all top concerns that security leaders have ranked as high or critical priority for the next 12 months. For example, 67 percent global security decision makers believe that zero trust can establish security strategies for public clouds. Also, more than half of decision makers respond that (65 percent) zero trust can comply with security requirements placed by business partners, roll out effective security training and awareness for employees, and establish a formal technology/IT risk management framework.

However, oftentimes, company places digital security in the end of planning process which risks product level and business level in the event of a breach. Yet, Forrester insight stated that zero trust is adaptable and flexible that it can be achieved for every organisation needs. Zero trust can be applied according to how transactions flow through your business ecosystem and how employees, customers, and applications access data. Moreover, these information can be used to isolate and protect your extended network, enforce access control and inspection policies, and monitor zero trust ecosystem for signs of a breach or other malicious activity.

Further, as today’s firm is more competitive and relies more on ability to exploit digital technologies, zero trust will allow you and your teams to embed security throughout business. These steps can  help to ensure your zero trust information security:

  1. identifying sensitive data,
  2. mapping flows of your sensitive data,
  3. building zero trust microperimeters,
  4. continuously monitoring zero trust ecosystem, and
  5. embracing security automation and orchestration.

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