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The New Normal Requires a Zero Trust Architecture

by Erik Briceno

As the technologies that support zero trust architecture move increasingly further into the mainstream, CIOs, CISOs and other corporate executives are rushing to adopt it. But what is zero trust? And why should you care?

As cyberattacks become ever more sophisticated, a zero trust network could be the best means of protecting enterprise systems and their data. This holds especially true in this new normal of remote working.

What is zero trust architecture?

The term “zero trust” essentially refers to a security method that runs counter to what we’re currently used to. It requires all users — even those inside the organization’s enterprise network — to be authenticated and authorized. In addition, it continuously validates security configuration and posture. It performs all of this before anyone is granted or allowed to keep access to applications and data. Rather than using the traditional “trust but verify” method, zero trust means precisely that: “Never trust, always verify.”

Why does remote work require zero trust?

Using a zero trust architecture doesn’t mean you don’t trust your employees. Rather, the opposite is true. The zero trust model assumes employees are not responsible for their security, putting the onus on the company’s IT organization. And from a corporate standpoint, it also means taking on a more global responsibility for dealing with the unique challenges of the modern world.

It’s simply an unfortunate truth that attacks on — and through — remote workers will continue to escalate. This not only puts their own corporate networks and data at an even higher level of risk than normal, but also has a detrimental effect on cybersecurity throughout the whole world. In other words, it affects all of us.

How do you implement a zero trust architecture?

V2Systems ZeroTrust April2021 Blog3 Pic2 1024x683 - The New Normal Requires a Zero Trust ArchitectureIf you’re looking for a starting place for adopting a zero trust framework, it can be a bit difficult to pick through to figure out the absolute basics. It’s a total overhaul of cybersecurity that will involve a lot more asking for permission than many users are used to. In general, however, the process looks something like this:

  1. Network segmentation
  2. Access management and identity verification
  3. Establish firewall privileges and rules
  4. Gather and analyze security log events

Depending on your organization’s current setup, adopting a zero trust posture can certainly be a lot of work. However — and we can’t stress this point enough — it is certainly worth it. In our next blog, we will share a more comprehensive guide for setting up a zero trust architecture. Regardless of the situation, you can count on V2 Systems to help you make these changes. We urge you to contact us for assistance in this important changeover.

Trust your IT partners — not your current network.

 

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About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
The New Normal Requires a Zero Trust Architecture
The New Normal Requires a Zero Trust Architecture