Zero Trust Architecture is a security paradigm that fixes the inherent weakness of conventional strategies that only data outside an entity needs to be secured. This new paradigm requires the organization to continuously analyze and evaluate the risks involving their internal IT assets and business functions, and form strategies to mitigate them. ZTA model restricts access by providing it to only those in need at a time depending on whether they are successful in the authentication of each access request. This helps eliminate unauthorized access to data and services and employs a positive security enforcement model.
The Zero Trust model uses a different lens to view data protection, allowing criteria that govern access and restrictions. Organizations have little or no oversight or influence over network and data use in a legacy network, but with a Zero Confidence Architecture, all network traffic is seen by the segmentation gateway containing the strictly implemented granular data, device, or asset access policy.
While we are focusing on digital tenets of an organization, we should not forget that effective cybersecurity is also an essential enabler of digital transformation. If consumers won’t trust a business with their data, they will not engage with that business. To establish the user’s inherent digital trust, it is important for all integral parts of the digital ecosystem to perform their role to secure consumers’ data and protect their valuable assets.
Implementing zero trust architecture model - why is it important?
There are many misconceptions surrounding Zero Trust Architecture model —from its overall functionality to implementation. Here are the five major aspects of Zero Trust Architecture that can help organizations maximize data security: