Zero Trust Architecture

Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) is a security framework that implements the principles of Zero Trust to protect your business’s digital assets. By minimising the number of trust assumptions made by applications and services, ZTA aims to ensure that every access request to a system is verified, authenticated and authorised before access is granted to significantly reduce the risk of exploitation.

People, processes and technology are at the heart of Zero Trust. Involving a set of security controls, policies and procedures that work together to keep networks, devices, applications and data secure.

Multi-factor authentication

As it says on the tin, MFA or multi-factor authentication is a security mechanism that requires users to provide multiple forms of authentication before gaining access to a system or application. Providing an extra layer of security beyond the standard username and password, MFA requires an additional pin or password, a security token or mobile device and sometimes even biometric authentication (often devise dependent), which can be anything from facial recognition to a fingerprint.

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Unified Identity Protection

Unified identity protection refers to the integration of various identity verification features such as multi-factor authentication, biometric verification and behavioural analytics, to ensure that only authorized users are accessing resources. By consolidating these identity verification features, businesses like yours can simplify identity management, reduce the risk of unauthorised access and improve overall user experience.

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Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is a network security architecture that combines the principles of Zero Trust and cloud-based security solutions to provide a comprehensive security framework for modern enterprises. SASE is designed to provide secure access to applications, data and resources from any device, anywhere in the world – something that is ingrained in the purpose of our Digital Workplace solutions.

Boasting similarities to Zero Trust principles, SASE covers identity-based access controls, data protection (encryption) and micro-segmentation, all in a cloud-based architecture.

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Benefits of Zero Trust network security

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Guaranteed network security

The Zero Trust model assumes that all network traffic is untrusted until it can be verified and authorised. This ensures that all requests for access to network resources are scrutinised and validated, regardless of the source of the request.

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User access identification

By verifying the identity of the user and ensuring that they have the necessary permissions to access the requested resource, user access identification minimises the risk of unauthorised individuals gaining access to private information. Using passwords, MFA, behavioural analytics and more to protect your private information will benefit the protection of your business.

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Data protection and regulatory compliance

By limiting access to sensitive data, enforcing authentication features and regularly monitoring activity, businesses can ensure compliance and business-wide data protection.

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Hybrid working security

With Zero Trust, all access requests are continuously verified and authenticated before being granted access, regardless of the user's location. This ensures that only authorised users are accessing sensitive data and applications, reducing the risk of data breaches and cyber-attacks. Zero Trust security can benefit hybrid working by providing a secure and flexible environment for employees to work from anywhere, anytime.

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Secure cloud services

Businesses can better secure their cloud services, reduce the risk of data breaches and ensure that only authorised users have access to cloud resources by implementing enhanced access control, authentication measures, granular policy enforcement and overall improved visibility.

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Lower reliance on endpoint security

Businesses can benefit from cost savings, increased flexibility, improved customer experience and overall improved security posture by reducing their reliance on endpoint security. It's important for organizations to adopt a comprehensive security approach that takes into account multiple layers of security, not just endpoint security.

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Frequently asked questions

Zero Trust security aims to reduce the attack surface by applying access controls and segmentation, monitoring and logging all activity, as well as verifying and authorising all users and devices before granting access to resources.

By applying Zero Trust principles to network access, businesses can reduce the attack surface, prevent unauthorised access and lateral movement, and detect and respond to threats in real time. This approach can provide greater security and visibility across the network and better protect against advanced threats and data breaches.

Zero Trust security is based on a set of principles that guide the design and implementation of a more effective security framework. These principles include verifying explicitly, implementing the principle of least privilege, assuming breach, micro-segmentation, encrypted communications, continuous monitoring, and risk-based authentication.

Overall, the effectiveness of VPN or Zero Trust depends on the specific security needs of the business and the nature of the threat landscape they face.

Yes, firewalls are an important component of the Zero Trust security architecture, providing an additional layer of protection against advanced threats and data breaches.

Zero Trust provides a more comprehensive and flexible approach to security that is better suited to the modern IT landscape and can help businesses to better protect against advanced threats and data breaches.

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