In 2023, conducting business online offers convenience and innovation, but it also comes with risks. As we embrace the benefits of the web, we must also be cautious about trusting our personal and proprietary information online.
Cyberattacks are a growing concern, with criminals honing and deploying more advanced tactics on a daily basis. Earlier this month, almost 1.5 million people in Alberta experienced compromised personal information due to a data breach at the Alberta Dental Service Corporation. In June, a Connecticut public school board lost over $6 million due to a cyber attack.
In response, companies need robust cybersecurity measures that match these threats. That’s where the concept of Zero Trust focused on the network comes in. While the framework might sound familiar, you may not know about the vital role that this specific aspect of your technology infrastructure plays in protecting your resources and bottom line.
In this article, we’ll teach you about how this critical component fits into the bigger picture and give you practical tips on implementing a Zero Trust approach centred on network security. Keep scrolling to learn more about the consequences of not properly safeguarding this essential part of your organization – and how to avoid them.
The essence of the Zero Trust cybersecurity framework can be summed up in the motto, “Everyone, everything is suspect.” With this approach, you assume every user or resource attempting to connect to your system could be a potential threat. This includes not only external sources but also all connections within your internal structure.
To protect your data successfully, your approach must go beyond individual products. Instead, you must adopt an organizational-wide philosophy that infuses the Zero Trust mindset into every technology decision. This involves building security strategies around six key pillars: data, identity, applications, infrastructure, devices, and, most relevantly, in this article, networks.
As well, your Zero Trust strategies should center around three fundamental guiding principles:
Your business’s web oversees all the traffic that flows into and out of your organization, acting as the pathway to your critical resources. Until recently, organizations treated it as the “front door” to their information, letting users access its assets if located internally.
However, as habits and trends have shifted to a more remote and hybrid work culture, that front door has been permanently left open. According to a recent report from Cybersecurity Insiders, 49% of cybersecurity professionals say “unauthorized access” is a key issue for safety and success. An organization can no longer treat its own intranet as a haven from the chaos of the wider web, but instead, as no more safe than anything else on the internet.
If we don’t prioritize network security in the context of this evolving landscape, we expose our companies to the risks of breaches that can lead to significant financial loss. The disruptions to our daily operations can impact productivity and permanently damage relationships with business partners and customers.
Despite their increasingly precarious position, our networks remain crucial for keeping our businesses safe. By adding evidence-based layers of protection, you can transform them from passive pathways into active protectors that act as your first line of defense against threats.
As the source of authentication and authorization decisions, a strong system can:
Despite evolving threats, your business stays resilient with a thoughtful and strategic approach to cybersecurity. Here are a few best practices to consider for using your technology infrastructure to protect your digital assets:
Facing a work life marked by regular security risks and disruptions feels exhausting, doesn’t it? A cyber attack can massively impact an organization’s financial health and reputation, but also the morale of employees at all levels. It’s hard to feel productive when you encounter frequent disruptions and complications due to your technology.
You can confidently navigate these threats when you partner with PC Corp to strengthen your network security as part of our Zero Trust approach. As part of our Managed IT services package, our expert team will work with you to develop and implement advanced cybersecurity solutions that shield your data from unauthorized access and malicious activity.
Contact us today to make the most of technological innovation without sacrificing your security.
After you finish, watch our recent webinar to meet some of our team and dive deeper into our Zero Trust approach.