What is Zero Trust?

“Zero trust security models assume that an attacker is present in the environment and that an enterprise-owned environment is no different—or no more trustworthy—than any nonenterprise-owned environment.” NIST SP 800-207

What does that mean?

There was a time when businesses were able to trust people and devices within their secure networks. However, with the increase of remote workers, bring your own device and heightened capabilities of hackers, that secure wall is quickly becoming invisible. Zero Trust assumes that any user is a potential threat who requires authentication.

Zero Trust Is Not a Single Architecture

Zero Trust is a set of guiding principles to improve your cybersecurity posture. Transitioning to this style of architecture must be seen as an overall journey, not simply about replacing technology. Many companies already have elements of Zero Trust built into their infrastructure. Your journey to Zero Trust should include:

  • Data flow mapping of technology
  • Improving business processes
  • Identity and access management
  • Continuous monitoring

Most enterprise infrastructures will operate in a hybrid zero trust/perimeter-based mode while continuing to invest in IT modernization initiatives and improve organization business processes. Comprehensive information security and cyber resilience practices are key components of a successful architecture.

Start with Knowing Your Vulnerabilities

CyberCompass offers our Explorer solution for your technology vulnerability management. Our suite of scans will help you understand the vulnerabilities in your technology and infrastructure so you can begin building a plan for implementing Zero Trust. With quarterly scans, you can see if your efforts are truly fixing the problems and plugging the holes. Learn more about the scans we offer and how they help move your business toward cybersecurity.

Zero Trust: A Step Toward Cyber Resilience

Zero Trust architecture is a powerful design to help you secure data. However, focusing only Zero Trust discounts areas outside of technology that create risk. Building cyber resilience must cover the core elements of your business ecosystem: people, processes, technology and vendors. CyberCompass helps clients assess their vulnerabilities, prioritize risk, build and implement a risk managment program and provide the guidance you need to survive and thrive any cyber disruption.

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