Zero Trust is a strategic initiative that helps prevent successful data breaches by eliminating the concept of trust from an organization’s network architecture. Rooted in the principle of “never trust, always verify,” Zero Trust is designed to protect modern digital environments by leveraging network segmentation, preventing lateral movement, providing Layer 7 threat prevention, and simplifying granular user-access control.
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At its core, the concept is simple: zero trust = no trust whatsoever. When applied to networking, zero trust becomes, “assume our network to be hostile.” While on the surface this sounds like a no-brainer approach, the notion is antithetical to how enterprises have been securing their networks for decades. Since at least the early 1990s companies have been surrounding their corporate networks with perimeter- and endpoint-based controls, relying on approved IP addresses, ports, and protocols to validate applications, data and/or users, which are then trusted to communicate inside the network. This approach has not proven effective at stopping breaches.
In contrast, zero trust is a model of security that treats all network traffic, including traffic already inside the perimeter, as hostile. Unless and until workloads have been identified by a set of attributes—a workload fingerprint or identity—they are untrusted and not allowed to communicate. One key benefit of zero trust is that it’s adaptable to any environment, which is necessary given today’s dynamic enterprise networks.
A main aspect of zero trust is least-privilege access. With zero trust, least privilege is not only applied to who is accessing the data, but also what—which services, devices, or connections—where, and when. This extension of least privilege greatly reduces network attack surfaces, giving defenders a narrower scope of focus. Allow the CSTX team to lead your journey to a Zero Trust model..