It’s an exciting time for security. With zero trust gaining ground not only with businesses but also with the national security community, there’s a chance for it to become the standard by which ransomware is prevented.
An article on the website Security Intelligence provides more details on how and why the zero trust model is the best approach. By using Zero Trust Architecture, or ZTA, every device or user who wants rights or data access is not automatically authorized on a system.
As the article points out, this means businesses can allow access to just the systems, data and apps that person needs to do their job — and nothing else.
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This also can be done on multiple devices, as security info is consolidated across every domain once in place. Once access is secured by the right users, it’s easy to access the data that’s needed and additional barriers aren’t necessary. Businesses can eventually phase out VPNs when it comes to remote access as well, reducing risk even further.
When considering employing zero trust, companies should be thinking about three things:
- How many employees have more than one form of authentication, and for how many channels?
- What’s being monitored for security throughout your organization, including all access points and specific devices?
- Which applications have remote access via VPN and need to be moved to ZTA?
Adopting zero trust in big business
One knowledgeable source for zero trust and its potential impact is the US government. As part of an executive order, and reported by CMS Wire, President Joe Biden announced several large companies initiatives to foster more zero trust usage.
Among those was Google, which was reported to invest $10 billion over five years to expand its own zero trust programs. Microsoft is also going to invest $20 billion in that timeframe to integrate cyber security such as zero trust into its own products and solutions.
Jennifer Gregory, the writer and B2B tech expert for the Security Intelligence story, points out correctly that it’s a big commitment to implement zero trust. Ultimately, though, it’s the right thing to do to provide total and complete security coverage.
“By creating an overall and encompassing plan, then beginning with a small and defined project that moves you toward zero trust, your organization can achieve the long-term fix,” she writes. “That will keep your data safe and save hundreds, if not thousands, of hours reacting to each threat or change.”
To best safeguard companies, the solution CHIPS provides achieves Zero Trust for the Windows Operating System. This solution has more than a seven-year track record successfully securing the most sensitive environments and is now available through select channels to the Private Sector. Several webinars are coming up to demonstrate AppGuard and give more details to help you determine if it’s the best solution for your security needs. Go to our Calendly site to see dates and times.