Zero Trust

Never trust, always verify.

 

Why are we talking about Zero Trust?

 

The strategic goal of cybersecurity in the digital age is to combat and mitigate data loss and data breaches.

 

The protection of your data is the central approach of a Zero Trust security strategy

 

The Zero Trust concept helps to stop break-ins or at least limit the business impact of the theft of sensitive data. With the help of analytics and automation, Zero Trust provides security teams with important prevention measures, as well as early detection and response options to counteract to possible attacks.

 

What is Zero Trust?

Conventional security concepts assume that all services, devices and users in your network are trustworthy. These concepts have the disadvantage that there are hardly any security precautions to prevent dangerous actions and access within a company network. The potential risks posed by the company's employees are not taken into account here either. Trust is the central weakness in this concept.

In today's security concepts, the image of an isolated castle is no longer appropriate. As soon as attackers have broken through the outer protection - the castle walls of the corporate network - they can move around freely inside.

Organisations should adopt a data-centric approach to security to ensure that data is secure wherever it is stored.

The Zero-Trust model is based on the principle "never trust, always verify". There is no distinction between internal and external. Through this, it represents a paradigm shift in that it treats all devices, services and users equally and fundamentally distrusts them.

This "distrust" has considerable effects on the IT security architecture and essentially follows these approaches:

  • Access to all resources and assets is secure and location-independent.
  • Access control is based on the "need-to-know" principle and is strictly adhered to.
  • The entire data traffic is checked and logged.
  • The network is designed from the inside out.
  • The infrastructure is designed to check everything and never trust anything.                   
 

How does Zero Trust work?

The pillars of the Zero Trust Model

  • Zero Trust Networks
  • Zero Trust Workloads
  • Zero Trust Devices
  • Zero Trust Data
  • Zero Trust Applications
  • Zero Trust People
  • Visibility & Analytics
  • Automation & Orchestration

Zero Trust Networks

The ability to segment, isolate and control the network remains an important success factor for Zero Trust. Security teams have adopted the concepts of network segmentation, but many still do not ensure that only certain entities (users, applications or devices) with specific requirements can access sensitive network segments or micro-perimeters.

 

Zero Trust Workloads

Workload is a high-level term that refers to the entire application stack from the application layer through the hypervisor or self-contained components. As in any other area of zero trust, these connections, applications, and components must be treated as threat vectors and equipped with zero trust controls and technologies. Of particular importance are also the workloads that run in public clouds.

 

Zero Trust Devices

IoT and network-based device technologies have created an enormous risk potential for networks and companies. To truly work toward a Zero Trust strategy, security teams must be able to isolate, secure, and control every device and every computer on the network at all times.

 

Zero Trust Data

One of the pillars of a Zero Trust strategy is data security. Securing and managing data, categorising and developing data classification schemes, and encrypting data both during storage and during transmission are key components of any Zero Trust approach.

 

Zero Trust Applications

This principle describes in the broadest sense the reliable control of the execution of programs, scripts and processes both on the endpoint devices and in the cloud.

 

Zero Trust People

Most companies today do not know how much power and trust they provide to their users. The ultimate instance of any Zero Trust strategy is to restrict the user’s access and protect them as they interact with the business. This includes all the technologies needed to authenticate users and continuously monitor and control their access and privileges.

 

Visibility & Analytics

Visibility is the decisive factor in defending valuable assets. It is difficult to protect the invisible or combat a threat that you cannot see or understand.

Tools such as traditional Security Information Management (SIM) systems or advanced security analytics platforms, as well as Security User Behaviour Analytics (SUBA) and other analysis systems enable security professionals to recognise and understand what is happening within the network.

In a Zero Trust model, security teams should maintain full visibility and control over their entire digital business environment, regardless of location, device, number of users, or hosting model.

 

Automation & Orchestration

A Zero Trust platform uses technologies that enable automation and orchestration. Thereby, it must be possible for leading providers of a Zero Trust platform to be able to integrate with other systems to use complementary security information or pass on useful data. Conversely, companies must be able to automate their operational processes through appropriate orchestration.

 

Zero Trust and DriveLock

In times of digital transformation, the success of a business greatly depends on how reliably people, businesses and services are protected against cyber attacks and the loss of valuable data.

DriveLock's mission is to protect enterprise data, devices and systems. For this purpose, the company relies on the latest technologies, experienced security experts and solutions based on the Zero Trust Model.

DriveLock brings Zero Trust to the endpoint. The fully integrated Zero Trust Platform supports a broad range of operating systems, endpoint devices, and is offered as an on-premise solution and managed security service.

It combines the elements Data Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Detection & Response and Identity & Access Management.

In today's security architectures, Zero Trust means a paradigm shift according to the maxim "Never trust, always verify". One of the cornerstones of protecting our digital lifestyle is preventing sensitive data from being compromised. It is a core of any business strategy that is based on networked digital technologies.

To achieve this, organisations should implement a Zero Trust model to ensure that their assets can be securely accessed and all traffic logged and controlled. Data is reliably protected even within modern business models.

With Zero Trust, you can make cybersecurity the path to business success and differentiation.

 

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