Zero Trust is the Future of Secure Cloud Computing
March 24, 2023
From the widespread use of cloud-based services to the increase in mobile device usage. Adding new cyber threats to the abrupt transition to remote work that has recently occurred. There have been numerous disruptions over the past ten years, forcing enterprises to change and quicken their security transition. One thing is also obvious: the rate of change isn’t slowing down as we anticipate the transition to hybrid work, the next significant disruption.
Security is still a major worry as more enterprises use cloud services and this is where the Zero Trust security concept enters the picture in this situation. An assumption made by the zero-trust security framework is that no person, device, or service, whether inside or outside the network boundary, should be trusted by default.
Zero trust is an approach to enterprise cybersecurity that presumes no connections to corporate networks and systems. Implementing zero trust greatly limits the risk of unauthorized access, insider threats and malicious attacks. Zero Trust has emerged as a leading cybersecurity strategy for organizations worldwide in the face of this quick transformation. A Zero Trust security paradigm explicitly confirms the security status of an identity, endpoint, network, and other resources using all signals and data that are currently available and presupposes a compromise. To achieve the least privileged access and reduce risks, it relies on contextual real-time policy enforcement. With the aid of behavior analytics and massive datasets, quick detection, prevention, and remediation of attacks are made possible.
Why Choose Zero Trust?
We hear so much about fraud and cybersecurity-related stories, including ransomware, phishing, and denial-of-service assaults. Organizations now have to align their security policies based on business intent due to the rise in cloud apps, mobile devices, remote workers, and IoT-connected equipment. Using technologies, methods of operation and policies that enhance business agility while boosting security constitutes embracing zero trust. Observations to bear in mind.
Based on a report “2022 Data Breach Investigations Report | Verizon”
- Ransomware breaches increased by 13% from 2021, which is more than in the previous five years combined.
- In the previous year, 71% of the organizations experienced a successful software supply chain-related attack that resulted in data loss or asset compromise.
- In 2022, the average cost of a data breach surpassed its previous high of $4.35 million.
- Secure your applications with Zero Trust security. In order to protect applications and the data they contain; enterprises can use the Zero Trust strategy to use controls and technologies to discover Shadow IT.
- Also, establishing the proper in-app permissions and limiting the access based on real-time analytics by keeping an eye out for unusual behavior and regulating user actions to validate secure configuration options.
Hence, a set of identities must be built for each employee, their devices, and the applications they use in order for a business to benefit from Zero Trust. All of these features must be integrated and coordinated in order to be used in real-time without causing delays to API access decisions or user logins to applications. Additionally, it collaborates with services to improve usage, governance actions, and visibility.
Benefits of Zero Trust Security in the Cloud Implementing:
- Comprehensive infrastructure inventory: Administrators must understand precisely which people, devices, data, applications, and services are a part of the corporate infrastructure as well as where those resources are located. In addition to assisting with security-related issues, an accurate infrastructure inventory is useful for long-term performance planning.
- Enhanced alerts and monitoring: Monitoring a zero-trust framework can be challenging unless the right tools are in place. Tools like Security orchestration, automation, and response, as well as network detection and response, combine log and event analysis with AI to recognize when security concerns arise and then offer recommendations for how to fix them. Administrators of security operations centers may now quickly identify and address cybersecurity threats thanks to this.
- Enhanced user experience: When end users think of IT security, the first problem that typically comes to mind is the difficulty of remembering the various passwords needed to access the applications and data needed to fulfil their professional commitments. A key element of zero trust is the ability to implement single sign-on (SSO) systems that drastically minimize the number of passwords end users must remember.
Organizing which infrastructure resources users or devices should have access to is made easier by an SSO authentication framework. SSO enables users to authenticate just once to access all the resources they require. Users may readily access the resources they need while single- or multifactor authentication and access controls work invisibly in the background. This helps avoid password mishandling. Also, closer proximity of local and remote workers to zero-trust security tool services enhances overall application performance. The overall network latency that these kinds of security services add can be reduced by moving these tools to edge computing points of presence.
- Simplified development of security policies: Traditional security frameworks segmented the threat prevention process. This suggested that each security tool ran independently of the others and had its configuration. Some infrastructure components were regularly made more vulnerable when security tools were misconfigured or lost on the network. Zero trust is advantageous in this regard since it enables the development of an organization-wide standard policy that can subsequently be implemented. SSO is a great example of this once more because it manages authentication for all network resources. As security policy is implemented and controlled from the administrator’s point of view in a far more effective manner, the possibility of security vulnerabilities or gaps in certain parts of the infrastructure becomes much less possible.
Conclusion – Embracing Zero Trust
The protection of your cloud environments and data is made possible by the Zero Trust principles, regardless of where the cloud resource or application is located. Contact us if you would want further details about these procedures or assistance with their implementation. It will take time to fully reap the benefits of adopting a Zero Trust security model and re-engineering an existing information system based on this security paradigm.
Coredge is well-positioned to assist companies in putting a Zero Trust security model for the cloud into practice thanks to products and solutions. The need for Zero Trust to protect corporate assets and sensitive data will surely increase as the threat landscape evolves!