What Is Zero Trust?
Zero Trust is a framework that is built around the premise of continuous validation: always questioning who someone is and what they want to do. In a zero trust model, you assume every user is guilty until proven innocent. (Or, rather, everyone is a cybercriminal until we can prove they’re not.)
There are two concepts that are integral to understanding zero trust:
The reality is hackers have probably already infiltrated your systems. No matter how layered your security is, there are millions of bad actors trying to get in. In IT, you should always assume bad actors have some access to your systems.
Your protect surface is your most valuable asset. If you assume breach, you need to identify what assets are your priority. That way, you can create a micro perimeter that segments users and only allows in people who have been validated.
How to Implement Zero Trust
Zero trust is a journey, not a project. It incorporates multiple IAM technologies and security best practices. Setting the goal of zero trust can be greatly beneficial to organizations as it is effective in tracking projects and making educated decisions on where budget should be spent.
The First Step: Assessment
An assessment only takes 20 minutes to complete, but it is the essential first step every organization should take when considering a zero trust implementation. An assessment will help you better understand where your organization stands in its zero trust journey and have clarity on moving forward from your current state. It can help you identify your protect surface, existing micro perimeters, your level of assumed breach and more.
Why Are Assessments Important?
Implementing a zero trust solution cannot be done overnight; instead, it is a journey that takes time and planning. A significant challenge for organizations is obtaining the proper buy-in for zero trust initiatives and effectively communicating the criticality of these initiatives. This is where the zero trust assessment comes in.
The best zero trust assessments use real-world examples from other organizations like yours as well as industry standards. Exploring an approach that another organization used is multiple times more powerful than a by-the-book type solution. It’s human nature to want to be part of a community and learn from others. We all individually seek the best results for organizations, and frequently those results come from learning how others approached similar problems.
CyberRes and GCA’s Free Assessment
Our assessment provides insight into:
- How other organizations are tackling zero trust challenges
- How IAM influences zero trust
- Modern enterprise security
- How your organization stacks up
After answering 25 questions, IAM experts at CyberRes and GCA will take your responses and create a report. Don’t wait. Take the first step to a successful zero trust implementation today.
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