Top Cybersecurity Outcomes a Zero Trust Security Model Delivers

Bryan Christ

July 13, 2021

Operating from the assumption that  every user, request, and server remains untrusted until proven otherwise, a Zero Trust Architecture dynamically and continually assesses trust every time a user or device requests access to a resource. Your organization can implement a Zero Trust approach to reduce your attack surface within the perimeter and prevent bad actors from using valid credentials to walk in and move laterally to access confidential applications and data.

 

But Zero Trust offers more than a mode of defense. The paradigm’s security benefits also deliver tremendous business value. Beyond enhancing your security status, a Zero Trust framework provides foundational criteria for system process, design, and operations that can protect data, improve your network visibility, reduce complexity, and solve skills shortages. And these advantages will create a winning equation for your digital transformation. 

 

Secure your customer’s data and safeguard your business

Once cyber criminals (or malware) make their way inside, they can extract sensitive data, which can have significant consequences for your customers and organization. For example: 

 

  • Stolen customer data can severely disrupt customers’ lives. Cybercriminals may use credentials to steal identities or open/access financial accounts.
  • The latest regulations, including GDPR, require your organization to notify users when a data breach occurs,  resulting in a loss of customer and stakeholder trust and potentially damaging your business’s reputation.
  • Upfront, you may face lost revenues or ransomware demands. But the cost of higher insurance premiums, incident response, security audits, and new cybersecurity implementations can also far outweigh these initial direct impacts.

 

Gain visibility into your traffic and reduce time to breach detection

Visibility is a foundational verification element, and Zero Trust’s stance is “always verify, never trust.” As a result, Zero Trust gives you greater visibility into exactly who and what accesses your network — from where, which applications, and when. This always-on insight can reduce time to breach detection and empower predictive analytics to diminish risk and anticipate issues.

 

Shrink the complexity of your security stack

Zero Trust solutions like identity access management (IAM) and privilege access management (PAM) platforms remove complications that can accompany expensive legacy security and tech stack implementations. The traditional perimeter model has a high buy-in for hardware and software, including VPN appliances, web applications, next-generation firewalls, and redundant servers and stacks.  

 

With an access management-based Zero Trust solution, you can reduce complexity by transferring operational functions to a comprehensive platform-centric approach that can grow along with your developing Zero Trust strategy. And in the case of a highly customizable solution such as Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric, turn capabilities off, on and scale up or down instantly as needed.

 

Solve your skills shortage

The ever-evolving cybercrime landscape, including the rapidly growing threat of ransomware, is stretching security experts thin. Threats are becoming increasingly advanced and cybercriminals are using tools to target their attacks and aid them in building, deploying, and monetizing what has effectively become malware and ransomware-as-a-service. Consequently, traditional security perimeters and the elaborate tech stacks they require are also becoming less viable.

 

This equation adds up to a stressed IT workforce short on the skills and tools required to run a successful security program. With a Zero Trust methodology complemented by a robust access management platform, your organization can create better authentication and authorization processes for people, devices, and applications — saving time and personnel.  You will be able to reallocate resources, proactively plan, and focus on more long-term strategic efforts, ultimately cutting costs, too. 

 

Zero Trust for ROI

A Zero Trust cybersecurity model empowers your organization to obtain the security it needs and realize other material benefits. These additional outcomes make a convincing business case for the return on investment that can sell leadership on a Zero Trust project. Securing data, improving network visibility, reducing complexity, and solving your skills shortage are only just the beginning. 

 

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