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Zero Trust

Why Machine Identities Are Essential Strands in Your Zero Trust Strategy

Just like a snagged strand can ruin your garment, overlooking the security of machine identities can tear the very fabric of Zero Trust that protects your organization from bad actors. As a quick refresher, Zero Trust operates on the principle that no entity inside or outside the network perimeter is trusted by default. As we usher in an era where the traditional network perimeter has dissolved due to cloud services, remote work and mobile access, the necessity for Zero Trust becomes even more pronounced.

11:11 Systems Secures 2023 Zero Trust Security Excellence Award

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What is the Zero Trust Security Model?

Traditional security paradigms are increasingly falling short against sophisticated cyber threats in the dynamic and challenging cybersecurity landscape. This has led organizations to adopt the zero-trust security model, a paradigm shift that assumes no internal or external entity is to be trusted without verification.

Using automated workflows to reach zero trust goals faster

In an ideal approach to zero trust, in which every user and device must continually prove their identity, automation is more than a useful tool, it’s essential to your federal agency’s success. You don’t need to take our word for it - security automation and orchestration is mandated by M-22-09 and M-21-31, and forms an integral part of the framework in CISA’s ZTMM (zero trust maturity model).

How to Create a Zero Trust Network

Organizations no longer keep their data in one centralized location. Users and assets responsible for processing data may be located outside the network, and may share information with third-party vendors who are themselves removed from those external networks. The Zero Trust approach addresses this situation by treating every user, asset, and application as a potential attack vector whether it is authenticated or not.

How federal agencies can build their zero trust security tech stack

Few would argue that zero trust has become one of the most important principles of modern cybersecurity programs. But ever since the concept of zero trust security was first popularized by Forrester in 2009, many federal government agencies in the United States (along with private sector companies) have struggled to understand its requirements and implement it effectively. Critically, zero trust does not represent a single security method or a type of technology.

Zero Trust Architecture: Definition, Key Components, and Functions

If you want to significantly reduce the attack surface and data breach risks for your organization, zero trust architecture may be the answer. This approach is becoming a priority for global organizations and tech giants like Microsoft that seek to reduce cybersecurity risks in their IT environments. It’s no wonder then that 10% of large organizations will have a comprehensive and mature zero trust program in place by 2026, according to Gartner’s predictions.