Why Zero Trust Should Be the Foundation of Your Cybersecurity Ecosystem

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Zero Trust

For cybersecurity professionals, it’s a huge challenge to separate the “good guys” from the “bad guys.” In the past, most cyberattacks could simply be attributed to external cybercriminals, cyberterrorists, or rogue nation states. But not anymore.

Threats from inside organizations — also known as “insider threats” — are on the rise, and cybersecurity practitioners are feeling the pain.

Traditional perimeter defenses are not designed to prevent these attacks. They also struggle to keep external attackers out. Clever hackers are constantly finding ways to break in and “arm” their trusted status within the network to compromise sensitive assets and orchestrate larger attacks.

And a growing number of enterprise resources—applications, devices, data, and even people—now live outside the perimeter. It is difficult to protect these assets with legacy approaches, let alone fortify the perimeter to completely prevent attackers.

How can you protect your organization in this landscape?

The answer: Take a zero-trust approach to cybersecurity.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. That is why Cynet created a free eBook titled “Implementing Zero Trust: Key Considerations Before You Beginfor you. The guide explains how your organization can design a zero trust implementation strategy, select an appropriate methodology, assemble the right tools, and execute the implementation plan for successful zero trust adoption.

What is Zero Trust?

The traditional perimeter relies on a “trust but verify” approach in which all users and devices are automatically trusted once they are “in” the network. But as we have seen, this method creates serious security risks, both from malicious internal actors and from external actors compromising legitimate credentials.

Zero Trust aims to eliminate this risk with its “trust nothing, verify everything” approach. This involves continuously monitoring and validating the privileges of each user and device, as well as verifying all access requests before granting that user or device access to a corporate asset.

The Growth of Zero Trust

Recently, zero trust has developed a large following due to an increase in insider attacks and an increase in remote working – which challenges the effectiveness of traditional perimeter-based security approaches.

A Global Company 2021 investigation found that 72% of respondents had adopted zero trust or planned to do so in the near future. Gartner predicts that spending on zero-trust solutions will more than double to $1.674 billion by 2025.

Governments are also mandating zero-trust architectures for federal organizations. These endorsements from top organizations have accelerated the adoption of zero trust across industries. Additionally, these developments suggest that zero trust will soon become the default security approach for every organization.

Should we adopt Zero Trust?

Zero trust allows organizations to protect their assets by reducing the risk and impact of a breach. It also reduces the average cost of breaches by at least $1.76 millioncan prevent five cyber disasters per year and save on average $20.1 million in application downtime costs.

However, deciding to adopt zero trust is much easier than implementing it. For many organizations, the transition process can be both overwhelming and laborious. “Implementing Zero Trust: Key Considerations Before You Begincan help reduce the intimidation factor and simplify the approach to a zero-trust deployment.

New eBook helps you implement Zero Trust

The Cynet Zero Trust eBook reviews the basic concepts and principles of zero trust. It highlights key considerations you should be aware of when implementing, including:

  • How can you design the implementation strategy and select the best methodology?
  • How should you update your existing security stack?
  • What security policies, protocols and tools do you need?
  • What is the best way to execute an implementation plan?
  • And finally, how can extended detection and response (XDR) strengthen your Zero Trust ecosystem?

The eBook serves as a guide to answering all of these questions and explains how pairing zero trust with an extended detection and response (XDR) platform can provide a fabric of security that is far superior to using the one or the other alone.

By combining multiple defenses such as threat prevention, detection, and automated response, XDR provides a solid foundation for a zero-trust strategy.

zero trust is possible without XDR. But with XDR, it’s much harder for malicious actors to breach your systems or compromise your critical assets.

If you are considering a Zero Trust implementation or are currently deploying one, this eBook has been written for you.

Download Implementing Zero Trust: Key Considerations Before You Begin.

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