Cybersecurity is becoming more complex every minute and deserves to be a priority more than ever before. It's no longer possible to fully trust applications, interfaces, networks, devices and users without authentication. Misplacing your trust in a malicious entity can leave your organization vulnerable and lead to a catastrophic breach that could permanently damage your business and reputation. However, implementing a Zero Trust approach to security can be a great way for small and medium-sized companies (SMBs) to reduce their cybersecurity risks and prevent data breaches
Zero Trust was introduced by John Kindervag, a former Forrester analyst, in 2010. This trusted framework for cybersecurity has gained widespread acceptance and approval. Zero Trust does not trust anyone outside of its perimeter. Instead, it insists on verifying every attempt to connect to company systems before granting access. It's simply described by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) as a "never trust, always verify" approach.
Statistically deploying Zero Trust Security withing you organization can help protect your company from data breaches, downtime, customer turnover, reputation damaged and other issues. In 2023, more than 75% of businesses plan to implement some level of Zero Trust Security. This is even more critical for SMB’s in an era where the workforce is becoming more remote and networks are becoming more distributed
Let's examine some statistics that might help convince you of how serious cyberthreats are today and the need for Zero Trust in you organization.
If you are not properly secured, it is only a matter of time before you are hit with a data breach. Most likely, your current cybersecurity strategy is not sufficient to prevent cybercriminals from accessing your network. The Zero Trust approach to cybersecurity can change that.
Zero Trust Security does not require you to abandon your existing security tools or technologies. NIST says Zero Trust Security should integrate existing security technologies and tools more effectively.
Deploying a zero trust model that is effective should include governance policies, such as limiting user access to what is needed to complete their tasks. This might include technologies like:
Taking your business down the path of Zero Trust may not be easy, but it's certainly achievable and well worth it. Don't worry about where and how to begin. With the right MSP partner by your side, your journey becomes easier and more successful. Contact us to get started.
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5. Security Magazine Verizon Data Breach Digest