Zero Trust security is arguably one of the most competitive cybersecurity strategies available. It maintains a preventative approach, refusing to allow access to any core user without several satisfied, recurring checkpoints of verification. This is incredibly important in today’s modern business landscape, as there are near-endless programs and servers that must be accessed by either remote or in-office team members.
However, understanding Zero Trust’s disadvantages is equally as important as harnessing its benefits. Doing this allows you to adopt a more comprehensive understanding of your cybersecurity strategy’s pros, risks and areas of need – and encourages you to address them preemptively with a layered or “holistic” approach before compromisation occurs.
Below, we’re diving into the disadvantages you can expect with Zero Trust systems, as well as methods of mitigation for each drawback – giving you the most competitive cybersecurity strategy yet.
What are the disadvantages of Zero Trust cybersecurity strategies?
While Zero Trust strategies are hailed as the “safer” alternative to perimeter-style cybersecurity, there is no perfect solution. Understanding the disadvantages within a Zero Trust framework is key to preemptively address risks and inefficiencies in your business’s system. Read on for our full list of considerations.
1. You will still need a layered security system
While it seems all-inclusive to adopt, you will still need other technical support and systems in place with a Zero Trust cybersecurity strategy. There isn’t a single product built yet that facilitates an inclusive Zero Trust strategy across every pillar of the philosophy and touchpoints your employees will encounter (i.e. workload security, device security, network security).
There will inevitably need to be a piecemeal approach at the point of philosophical adaptation to facilitate productivity for your team members, as the concept of Zero Trust fosters new, innovative tech solutions for later use.
2. There may be less productivity overall due to system restraints
No system is perfect, and a major drawback to the Zero Trust security model is its natural ability to inhibit productivity. This is especially true if you have a larger team or fully-scaled enterprise. Team members may have less effective workflows if there is a constant need to authenticate – especially in roles where there is more intensive work with or access to sensitive data.
3. Vulnerabilities can still be exploited
Even if you have a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity, there are still gaps with other systems you may have in place. These vulnerabilities can be exploited, although the risk does decrease significantly with more comprehensive and inclusive security tech stacks.
How to mitigate Zero Trust cybersecurity risks in your network
If you’re looking to take your cybersecurity strategy to the next level, connect with the specialists at CHIPS. We’re here to help you stay on top of your risk management profile and give your team the most efficient experience possible during their work day. We do this by adopting cutting-edge strategies with the latest technology that gives you the most benefit for your budget – leaving you with a bespoke cybersecurity system that works for you. For more information and to get started today, please visit our website.
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