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An emerging security paradigm for the post pandemic world

Traditional data protection techniques appear to function under a “trust but verify” strategy, a perimeter-driven paradigm that trusts unobstructed network access to internal users, while the only network in need of security controls is the external or “untrusted network. Often misplaced trust is a vulnerability that migrates into the IT landscape of an organisation which is where the Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) model plays an integral role. This new paradigm requires the organisation to continuously analyse and evaluate the risks involving their internal IT assets and business functions, and form strategies to mitigate them. The Zero Trust model uses a different lens to view data protection, allowing criteria that govern access and restrictions.

Five major aspects of Zero Trust Architecture that can help organisations maximise data security:

  • Prioritise top risks (e.g., threats, brand image, penalties, compliance).
  • Enterprise-wide policy with an automated rule base: organisations.
  • Leverage micro-segmentation and granular perimeter enforcement.
  • Architect Zero Trust Network based on inside-out view and the way data is used transitionally.
  • Never trust any user, app, network or device, keep adding context dynamically and keep roles and access privileges updated.

Overall, it has the potential to elevate the organisation’s security posture and protect its assets against eminent cyber threats.

Source: Economic Times

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