Zero trust Model

The increased focus on the adoption of the “Zero Trust Model” of cybersecurity is partly influenced by the rise in ransomware over the years and more specifically the recent attack on the Colonial Pipeline. In fact, Zero Trust is so influential that President Biden just announced that the U.S. government would be implementing Zero Trust practices in order to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity posture. So naturally it is important to ask what Zero Trust is as well as it’s strengths and weaknesses.

What is the “Zero Trust Model”

The Zero Trust Model is centered around the motto “never trust, always verify”. When it comes to computer systems, to “trust” means who gets access with minimal verification if any. Zero Trust means that whether your the president of the company or an intern you must get verification to access company data. Learn more about the basics of Zero Trust and its origins here.

What are the Benefits?

The biggest factor with Zero Trust is that it assumes that at some point you will be attacked. Instead on responding to what happens IF you are attacked, Zero Trust assumes that you will be hacked or that someone is already into your system. This gives businesses a greater security coverage now that everyone is under the assumption that it is only a matter of time before they are targeted. With Zero Trust you can prepare for attack before it is ever an issue. In addition to increased security, Zero Trust also standardizes cybersecurity practices across all employees so that everyone is on the same page when it comes to maintaining systems. It doesn’t matter who you are in the company, you will need some sort of verification to access data.

Zero Trust also increases visibility across attack vectors. By regulating all systems on a network you are able to reduce your attack space as well as identify where your weak points are.

Obstacles to Implementing Zero Trust Model

While implementing Zero Trust to our companies and government will be extremely beneficial, there are some obstacles we may face in doing so.

  1. Outdated Infrastructure – One issue with Zero Trust is that legacy and outdated infrastructure is in a lot of cases impossible to upgrade.
  2. Downtime – Redesigning entire systems to run Zero Trust procedures could cost a lot of extended downtime to your business. This is why it may require phasing in Zero Trust implementation.
  3. Peer-to-Peer Technologies – Computers running on Windows 10 or OS’s that rely on passwords are counter intuitive to Zero Trust as it does require TFA amongst other procedures.
  4. The Cloud – Simply put, organizations must know how to transfer data and systems to the cloud in order to effectively live out a Zero Trust model.

Zero Trust will become to norm in the near future which is why it is important to stay up to date on major cybersecurity incidents and news! CIT is here to talk about your Zero Trust Model.

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