Never trust; always verify. This precept lies at the core of the cybersecurity approach known as Zero Trust — a framework that is rapidly supplanting the traditional “trust but verify” network security model.
What Is Zero Trust?
Created by a Forrester analyst in 2010, the Zero Trust model is what Forrester now calls the “security model of choice for many enterprises and governments,” and it is continuing to gain momentum.
Over half of IT decision-makers (59%) are currently deploying a Zero Trust security strategy — and of the remaining minority, 79% plan to adopt the model at some point in the future.
What Is a Zero Trust Architecture?
A Zero Trust Architecture aims to enhance systems of implicit trust by requiring continuous verification that access is secure, authorized, and authenticated.
All users — within a company or outside of it, onsite or remote — must be continuously authenticated and validated to maintain access to a company’s on-prem, cloud, or hybrid networks.
Organizations accomplish this by implementing sophisticated technologies and strong authentication methods such as multi-factor authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO) — as well as security controls around data, like encryption.
Zero Trust Security Benefits
Enterprise data is expanding and changing all the time — and that expansion poses risk to individuals and organizations. Increasingly, security professionals are looking to implement a Zero Trust model to enable their organizations to:
- enact digital transformation
- protect enterprise data as it grows exponentially
- prevent malicious attacks and security breaches that are becoming more sophisticated every day
With more than 80% of malicious attacks involving credentials, companies cannot afford to rely on outdated methods of authentication or let high-risk data access issues go unmonitored. Organizations need to leverage information like user identity, credential privilege, and incident detections to make decisions and define policies around who they grant access to. In order to leverage this info, they need to first gain visibility into it.
How to Implement Zero Trust
To enact an effective Zero Trust model, decision-makers need to evaluate their cybersecurity environment and implement technology that will allow them full visibility into their data and systems.
A standard Zero Trust implementation framework involves protecting users, devices, workflows, networks — and ultimately data. To know what you need to protect in the first place, you must know your enterprise data and be able to define, identify, and classify it according to its sensitivity level.
BigID on Zero Trust for Data: — It’s All About the Data
At the end of the day, Zero Trust is all about the data. It focuses on enforcing a least-privilege approach to minimizing access and risk, which ultimately mitigates the impact of a potential security incident. This all starts by knowing where your most sensitive and critical data resides.
With BigID, organizations implementing Zero Trust can identify and remediate high-risk data access issues at scale — at the enterprise level, for third parties, for remote workers accessing cloud resources, and more.
Discover, classify, and define all your data — everywhere. Identify which of your data is sensitive — and where that sensitive data is located. Know what data needs to be protected, including highly regulated and valuable data that can drive the business forward.
Understand your data, including its context, business value, lifecycle, purpose of use, data quality, and the threats and risks that surround it.
Uncover and lock down overexposed data. Identify overexposed user access and overprivileged data. Prioritize and enable the right actions for vulnerable, sensitive data — and get full visibility into it to mitigate risk and meet regulatory compliance.
Top business cases for adopting a Zero Trust strategy include protecting customer data (63%), adopting a uniform security approach (51%), and reducing internal breaches (47%). The top two reasons that IT professionals cite are improving risk management (75%) and securing remote access (65%) — followed by such factors as reducing breach incidents and lowering costs.
What are your organization’s top needs? See how BigID can help you reach those goals — and protect your data with Zero Trust. Schedule a demo to learn more.