Busting the myths of the Zero Trust model and understanding how it can protect your organization - Business Review

Busting the myths of the Zero Trust model and understanding how it can protect your organization – Business Review

One of the latest buzzwords in the cybersecurity industry is a “Zero Trust” security model. In short, a zero trust model essentially means that you leave no room for mistakes and trust no one or anything.

By Dave Russell, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Veeam

Due to a hybrid workplace led by the aftermath of the pandemic and several emerging technologies such as Metaverse, Web 3.0, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, the cybersecurity industry is working hard as usual to be as ready as possible for the future. But since we have not yet seen the evolution of these technologies and its impact, we must exercise caution when using these technologies.

So what is zero trust? Is this a new product? Is it a certification or just a buzzword in the cybersecurity industry?

Some organizations confuse zero trust with an actual product or certification. A zero trust model is not an actual product or new certification in the cybersecurity industry. A Zero Trust security model is deployed to ensure end-to-end cybersecurity and cloud security. It is deployed for the safety of our internal and external stakeholders. One of the most important concepts he lives by is “never trust, always verify”. It also includes enabling multi-factor authentication in order to grant access to any application or platform. In addition, it is also about adopting micro-segmentation of security perimeters to avoid any security breaches.

Any new feature or security model is not completely risk-free without the establishment of compliance and good habits among employees. Likewise, zero trust is all about creating good habits in your employees. It’s also about ensuring that your employees enable multi-factor authentication when accessing applications or platforms. This is an additional form of compliance layer that should not be bypassed by the IT administrator, someone at a higher level, or even the deployer. There should be a top-down approach and a requirement for all employees to be authenticated and validated continuously to build a better security posture within the organization.

A zero-trust model is not just about multi-factor authentication. It also requires that all users be authenticated, authorized, and have their security configurations continuously validated to access any type of application or data. This is done as an extra layer of security. This model has various advantages such as remote authentication and verification by your employees. This will allow them to work calmly in a remote or hybrid situation.

So can you adopt the zero-trust model anytime you want?

Before deploying a new security model, we need to understand the return on investment. We need to know if we really need it. We need to understand that while zero trust is one approach to securing the company’s most important assets, it’s equally important to know if “the juice is worth it”.

You should already be a digital organization when you decide to deploy zero-trust security. For you to apply the zero trust model within your organization, you must be an already digital organization with digital assets that require cloud and cyber protection. Your employees need to have digital assets that they can verify themselves against.

We don’t need to jump on every bandwagon, deploy every new technology that’s just launched. We must first understand our security needs and then act accordingly. Your cybersecurity investments will only pay off if you and your employees are prepared to make a long-term commitment and develop good habits to ensure complete cybersecurity.

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