Unfortunately, in 2023, traditional security approaches won’t cut it anymore, with cybercriminals continuously developing new ways to infiltrate networks from outside and within. Given that, according to a recent Verizon report, 49% of cyber attacks involved stolen credentials, simply designing a solid password isn’t enough to keep your business’s data safe.
Just in the last few weeks, the New York Times reported that the US government is searching for hidden malware that’s compromised specific networks controlling military-associated power grids, communications systems, and water supplies.
Not only large institutions but businesses of all sizes are affected by cybercrime. To counter this threat, companies need a comprehensive Zero Trust cybersecurity approach that includes both user authentication and device verification.
In this article, we cover the vital role that your business’s technology plays in the Zero Trust model.
Want to keep operating confidently, no matter your potential risks?
Read on to gain the best practices for implementing a device-centric Zero Trust framework.
Unless you put a proper system in place to verify equipment, your business can expect to experience unauthorized access that:
A Zero-trust approach to cybersecurity means that every time an identity (whether a human user, device, or application) attempts to access a business’s network, its system automatically treats it as mistrustful, no matter where it connects from.
The philosophy revolves around three fundamental principles:
When taking action on these principles, it’s critical to build your strategy around six key pillars: identity, infrastructure, networks, data, applications, and, most relevantly for this article, your devices.
Let’s compare the Zero Trust framework to watching the latest movie at your local cinema. Just like you need to have your ticket checked before you enter the theatre to enjoy the film, a piece of equipment needs to be authenticated before it accesses a network.
Once inside the theatre, you can only sit at your selected seat – you don’t get access to the entire space, just like a piece of hardware can only access the resources the system permits.
Most importantly, once the movie is over, you leave the theatre. If you want to see another film, you need to buy another ticket and get it rechecked.
With Zero Trust, your network will verify a piece of technology whenever it tries to access the network. No unauthorized double features or theatre hopping here!
With a traditional security approach, businesses design their systems to recognize hardware within their own network as safe. But with the “everyone is suspect” mindset of Zero Trust, this isn’t enough. Not only can cybercriminals mislead your network and infiltrate from the inside, but many employees will also use personal gadgets to accomplish work tasks.
As a result, your business needs a robust strategy for device management as part of its Zero Trust framework if you want to successfully protect your data.
Your security approach can’t just be checking a piece of equipment once or installing protective software and calling it a day. It needs to be an ongoing effort that constantly considers any endpoint that connects to your network, whether that be a computer, smartphone, or even an IoT device, much like a smart thermostat.
Here are some ways technology can factor into your Zero Trust approaches. You can:
To ensure your device-focused zero-trust plan works well, here are some best practices you should follow:
With proper support, building a strong security system that protects your digital assets while creating a cohesive work environment that nurtures productivity and creativity is possible.
When you engage PC Corp for our Managed I.T. services, we will implement robust and evidence-based solutions for securing your devices and data. Our expert team will help you embrace a dynamic cybersecurity strategy that responds to evolving threats using a multi-layered security approach.
Contact us today to kickstart your journey toward a future with enhanced data security.
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