Zero Trust is a security framework that assumes that any user or device that requests access to an organization’s resources is not trustworthy by default. Instead, it requires verification of the identity and security posture of every device and user before granting access.
The key elements of Zero Trust are important because they address some of the most critical security risks facing organizations today. These elements include:
- Identity verification – Every user and device must be authenticated and authorized before being granted access to any resources. This includes both human and machine identities.
- Micro-segmentation – The network is divided into small, isolated segments to limit the scope of a potential breach. This means that each user or device only has access to the resources they need to perform their specific tasks.
- Least privilege – Users and devices are only given access to the resources they need to perform their job duties. This means that access is limited to the minimum level required for them to do their job.
- Continuous monitoring – Zero Trust requires continuous monitoring of user and device behavior to detect anomalies and potential threats. This includes analyzing network traffic, user activity, and device configuration.
- Data encryption – All data is encrypted both in transit and at rest to prevent unauthorized access or interception.
- Access control – Zero Trust emphasizes the use of granular access controls to prevent unauthorized access to resources. Access can be granted or denied based on a user’s role, location, and other factors.
Overall, Zero Trust is designed to provide a more secure and resilient IT infrastructure by assuming that every user and device is a potential threat and requiring continuous verification of their identity and security posture.
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