In a bygone era, IT professionals took a ‘defend-the-castle’ approach to security, but these days digital defense needs to go beyond the perimeter. The average enterprise runs 77% of its workload on the cloud, and 70% of global office workers work remotely on a regular basis, meaning that the once iron-clad perimeter is now porous.
Despite the advantages of our new modes of conducting business, they introduce significant risk. So, how can you keep up with emerging technologies and a changing workplace culture while avoiding unnecessary risk?
Adopt a Zero Trust approach when it comes to security. The principles of Zero Trust center around the notion that no device, user, application…etc., should inherently be trusted, whether they are inside or outside of your organization. Implementing these principles enables the adoption of a security posture of “Default Deny” where systems are hardened and isolated until a level of trust is established.
Within the Zero Trust model, you can:
- Contain network traffic, with Zero Trust network concepts
- Operate more secure workloads, especially those running in the public cloud
- Better protect continuously shared data
- Minimize the risk of stolen employee credentials
- Increase the security surrounding your workstations, mobile devices, or IoT technologies
- Receive cross-correlated data about network activity
- Obtain clear insights into your organization’s broader IT environment
In a survey, 52% of security professionals reported implementing Zero Trust policies, while 18% plan to implement Zero Trust in the coming year. This comprehensive approach to security not only thwarts threats, it also increases confidence in your cyber defense strategy, and can benefit the bottom line.
To learn more about how Zero Trust can benefit your organization, read this Zero Trust whitepaper.