‘Trust but Verify’-Why it’s Critical to Cybersecurity

by | Feb 11, 2021 | Uncategorized

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Consider the way your business views cybersecurity. Is it something that is simply pushed off to the IT department and used as a preventative measure just in case? Or is actually something that is considered an important factor for growth? Especially in this new COVID-19 era, cybersecurity is an area that businesses should continuously invest in as part of their overall growth strategy. Now more than ever, it’s time for businesses to adopt a more proactive cybersecurity strategy. 

In this new “work from home” normal, more and more employees are using a wide range of tools as they work from remote locations. This has led to an exponential increase in vulnerabilities for cybercriminals. It has become even more important to adapt to this new security environment by seeking ways to maintain the safety and integrity of corporate networks. As a result, many businesses are seeking to develop a more comprehensive cybersecurity model such as Zero Trust, to restrict access to networks, applications, and environments. 

What is Meant by ‘Zero-Trust’?

Some people might feel nervous at the thought of implementing a model that sounds so restrictive. However, the name Zero-Trust can be a little misleading. It’s not that there is no trust in a ZT environment, but rather that the trust relationships are explicit. All users, even those inside the organization’s network, are required to be authenticated and authorized before being granted access to applications and data. This model uses advanced technologies such as identity access management, multi factor authentication, and next-generation endpoint security to verify the user’s identity. It is very similar to the traditional “trust but verify” method, other than the fact that even users within the organization’s perimeters must be authenticated. 

In recent years, the ZT model has demonstrated that even the different pieces of an application should not implicitly trust each other without verifying the identity and access rights of the user. When combined with other automated security measures, the ‘trust but verify’ method has evolved into a more advanced and highly restrictive form of cybersecurity. 

With some companies experiencing a nearly 100% remote environment, they must be vigilant about two cybersecurity fronts, the home office and the corporate office. A Zero Trust model is the best way to protect data without harming network performance and overall productivity.