Most of us are now familiar with remote working. We may still have the occasional tech challenge connecting to video calls or screen sharing, but by-and-large we can be productive both in the office and at home.
Employees have been given unified communications tools like Zoom and Teams, cloud applications and the ability to work from anywhere, including with their home computer in many cases. These changes have redefined the ‘security perimeter’. Put simply, there’s a bigger target for cybercriminals to hit.
It is no longer defined by the physical locations of the organisation, but extends to every access point that hosts, stores, or accesses corporate applications, data and services. Traditional on-premises perimeter-based security models that rely solely on firewalls and VPNs lack the visibility, continuous monitoring and end-to-end security coverage required in this new way of working. It can also cause performance problems for users.
This is where the Zero Trust security model comes in. It gives IT leaders peace of mind that their organisation is secure. However, trust is seen as a foundation to engagement, so does Zero Trust erode engagement?
What is Zero Trust?
Zero Trust is a security model that states we must authenticate, authorise and verify all users, no matter where or how they are connected.
Instead of believing everything behind the corporate firewall is safe, Zero Trust assumes a breach and verifies each request as though it originates from an untrusted network, regardless of where the request originates from and/or what resource it accesses.
The core tenant of Zero Trust is “never trust, always verify.” Like any tool, the Zero Trust model can be implemented poorly. Employees could be left feeling that they don’t have access to what they need, and their productivity is impacted by poorly performing solutions.
However, when implemented well with best practice Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) components and thoughtful policy, Zero Trust can give employees both the freedom to work anywhere, and psychological safety knowing they are protected against threats. Zero Trust also simplifies operations and lowers costs by giving IT teams visibility of the end-to-end user experience and centralised control of user policy.
Implementing Zero Trust
If you’re looking to progress your Zero Trust journey using SASE components but you’re not sure how to move forward, the following five considerations can help create a plan:
When implemented well, Zero Trust can be a win-win for both employees and the organisation, leading to improved engagement, lower costs and higher output. It can be a genuine game changer.