Why Should I Adopt a Zero-Trust Security Strategy?

Why Should I Adopt a Zero-Trust Security Strategy?

Question: Why should I use a zero-confidence security approach?

Ash Devata, General Manager, Cisco Zero Trust and Duo Security: First and foremost, a zero-confidence approach is the right thing to do for the security of the organization and the protection of your end users. The bottom line is that a zero-confidence approach reduces risk and helps an organization comply with rules, while reducing friction for users. Zero-trust is a rare, simple solution that works much better than the complexity of the past.

A zero-confidence security approach can also significantly reduce the risk of compromising access, limiting the explosion radius should something bad happen. If a user’s access is compromised, with zero trust, the compromise is limited to a specific application or applications that are only relevant to that user, not to your entire network. Imagine you had 100,000 boxes. In a traditional security approach, you provide access to all of them. But with a zero-confidence approach, you can give your user access to only one box and not the remaining 99,999.

A zero-confidence security strategy will ultimately help with your company’s digital and external workforce transformation. The hybrid and dispersed workforce is more mobile now than at any time in our history, meaning users and devices connect to the corporate network from anywhere. This establishes trust in users and devices through authentication and continuous monitoring of each access attempt, while customized security policies that protect any application keep an organization’s infrastructure secure. This also greatly reduces the friction for the end users, making it easier and enabling them to perform their work in the most efficient way. It will also reduce your cybersecurity risks and make you compliant with the Biden Administration Executive Order, which recommends a zero-confidence architecture for any organization that has a government contract to better manage cybersecurity risks.

If you can take a zero-confidence approach – and do it the right way – you would automatically adhere to and conform to these standards and get ahead of the game before it becomes a final mandate for all applications and uses.

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