Got trust issues? Good news, so does the entire IT security industry—and justifiably so. The creation of Zero Trust Security is a direct response to the increase in large-scale hacks and stolen data. The implication of trust within an organization’s network is no longer beneficial.
A Zero Trust architecture means that nothing—no user, system, or service—operating inside or outside of a security perimeter will be automatically trusted. Verification will always be required for anything or anyone connecting to any internal systems.
Obviously, this level of innovation and reconfiguration in any organization’s security model is a daunting task. You can’t just go out and install a software package and be good-to-go. The process is going to require several steps to achieve a contiguous Zero Trust Security model throughout your organization’s assets.
Here are 4 steps that can help prepare you to start your own Zero Trust journey.
- Understand the flow of data across your network
Awareness of how the data flows throughout your network and who needs access to which resources will prepare you for the next step in this process.
- Segment Your Network
Divide up your organization’s assets into efficient segments based on access needs and security goals. Be cautious of over-segmenting and under-segmenting. Over-segmenting will decrease productivity and frustrate employees whereas under-segmenting will increase security risks.
- Implement Least-Privilege Access Control
Grant access only to the applications the users or groups of users need. In the case of a cyberattack, this will help prevent a malicious actor from roaming through your entire organization’s network because the micro-segmented network will only allow them access to certain applications.
- Monitor Continuously
Continue to scan your IT environment for places that can be locked down even tighter or places where the segmentation is restricting productivity. Data traffic should also be constantly monitored to indicate possible suspicious activity.
Although creating a Zero Trust infrastructure is easier said, than done, we believe these steps will assist in the transition and get your organization on its way to achieving its security goals.