While the concept of Zero Trust was created 10 years ago, the events of 2020 have thrust it to the top of enterprise security agendas. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven mass remote working, which means that organizations’ traditional perimeter-based security models have been broken up, in many cases literally overnight. In this new normal of remote working, an organization’s network is no longer a single thing in one location: it is everywhere, all of the time. Even if we look at organizations that use a single data center located in one place, this data center is accessed by multiple users on multiple devices.
With the sprawling, dynamic nature of today’s networks, if you don’t adopt a Zero-Trust approach, then a breach in one part of the network could quickly cripple your organization as malware, and especially ransomware, makes it way unhindered throughout the network. We have seen multiple examples of ransomware attacks in recent years: organizations spanning all sectors, from hospitals, to local government and major corporations, have all suffered large-scale outages. Put simply, few could argue that a purely perimeter-based security model makes sense anymore.
These five steps represent the most logical way to achieve Zero-Trust networking, by finding out what data is of value, where that data is going and how it is being used:
Removing the complexity of security enables real business outcomes, since processes become faster and more flexible without compromising security or compliance. Using the steps I’ve outlined to automate Zero Trust practices means that the end-to-end time from making a change request to deployment and enforcement goes down to one day, or even a few hours – without introducing risk.
The AlgoSec Security Management Solution allows security teams to eliminate time-consuming, error-prone manual security processes, such as connectivity mapping, migrating, and ongoing maintenance of their environments. Our smart and easy network mapping tool takes away the hardship of getting automation up and running. This frees up teams to strategically maximize the benefits of the SDN deployment and reap its rewards of increased flexibility and enhanced network security.
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