Most organizations are now considering the zero-trust framework based on a “trust no one” approach because of recent events and cybersecurity threats such as the Colonial Pipeline breach, Cyclops Blink, and other malware attacks.
A zero-trust security framework assumes that there is no traditional network edge. All the network traffic from local, cloud, or hybrid resources should be treated as malicious and untrusted. These companies should understand that this framework is not just another trend but a different mindset that they need to embrace.
Some companies have already started implementing these zero-trust approaches. Here are some steps to do when implementing this security framework:
- Using multi-factor authentication (MFA)
- Implementing risk-based authentication
- Using strong passwords
- Providing users access based on context
- Enabling encryption of data
- Maintaining system security
- Verifying the hygiene of assets and endpoints
Many organizations have taken this framework as a de facto standard for private enterprises after the issuance of an executive order last May 2021, mandating U.S. Federal Agencies adhere to NIST 800-207 as a required step in implementing this Zero Trust security framework.
Based on the NIST guidelines, the following key principles have to be considered:
- Verifying access for all resources all the time.
- Minimizing external or internal breach impact.
- Automating context collection and response.
Taking time to understand the concept of this zero-trust security framework is very essential to save your business from unforeseen threats. Zero Trust security, if implemented properly, can help fix your business's unique challenges and ensure an ROI on your security strategy.
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