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Why Zero Trust Is So Important
Zero Trust is an important and popular cybersecurity concept because it addresses the fundamental flaw in traditional network security approaches: the assumption that all users and devices inside the network can be trusted. This assumption is no longer valid in today's threat landscape, as attackers can easily gain access to a network by compromising a single device or user account.
In contrast, Zero Trust presupposes that unless proven differently, all users and devices, whether inside or outside the network, are untrusted. This means that regardless of whether the request originates from within the network or from the internet, all access to resources and services within the network must be authenticated before given access.
The growing popularity of Zero Trust is due in part to its effectiveness at preventing data breaches and other cyber attacks. It is also popular because it is flexible and can be tailored to fit the specific needs and constraints of an organization.
Adopters of the Zero Trust Framework can use techniques like microsegmentation to isolate crucial resources and stop lateral network movement, as well as strong identity and access management practices like multi-factor authentication and least privilege access controls.
They can also establish clear cybersecurity policies and procedures to make sure that all users and devices are adhering to best practices.
The Zero Trust Framework can be a powerful approach for improving your organization's security posture. This is why so many government and large commercial concerns have either employed zero trust or in the planning stages.
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- NIST publishes Special Publication (SP) 800-207, "Zero Trust Architecture."
- SANS Security Policy Templates
- ';--have i been pwned? - Check you phone or email for a breach
- Planning for a Zero Trust Architecture: A Planning Guide for Federal Administrators
- CISA - Free Cybersecurity Tools and Services