With cyberattacks and data breaches on the rise, a Zero Trust approach to network access is more necessary than ever before. Here’s why.
The increasing number of and sophistication of cyberattacks over the last decade, along with several spectacular and highly publicized data breaches at large corporations, have shown that a new approach and mindset towards information security is a must. Large scale data breaches have exposed the personal information of tens of millions of people and made them vulnerable to criminal exploitation. At the same time, they have had a devastating impact on the affected companies, resulting in loss of brand reputation and customers and costing them many millions in fines, fees, and settlements.
Cybercriminals are using a wide array of new technologies and tools to gain access to networks, including artificial intelligence, bots, new machine learning techniques, and social engineering. A company’s employees are often the most vulnerable point. Zero Trust network access is one effective solution.
Zero Trust is defined as a framework wherein an organization never places any trust in anyone or anything outside or inside their security perimeter. Traditionally companies have assumed that a user inside of their organization was trustworthy and relied on a cybersecurity approach of ‘trust but verify’ for everyone else. That philosophy is rapidly changing to a ‘never trust and always’ verify approach to network access that focuses more on the small working groups and individuals that are most responsible for data breaches. It’s a logical response to the success of social engineering-based attacks and is one of the easiest vulnerabilities to take action on to correct.
A recent survey of more than 2,000 corporate employees highlights how weak security practices are in most companies. Although this survey focused on UK workers, the numbers are typical of businesses worldwide.
Traditional network security perimeters are rapidly changing to meet the existing and growing threat posed by cybercriminals, and the personnel inside of an organization are one of the most significant vulnerabilities. A company that doesn’t adopt a Zero Trust approach to network access is a significant data breach waiting to happen.