The business technology landscape looks a lot different from how it did just a few years ago. No longer are employees and the devices and applications they use locked within the corporate network. Today, they’re accessing the business systems and documents over the cloud with a wide variety of devices, which increases the risk of cyberattacks and data breaches.
Zero trust security is all about giving employees access only to the systems and data needed for them to work. It takes security to the account level, continually and dynamically assessing trust whenever a user requests access to a given system. Incorporating the zero-trust model brings value to your business in a lot of ways, all while reducing risk.
#1. Reduce insider threat
When it comes to cybersecurity, your employees are usually the weakest link. They can fall victim to phishing scams, accidentally share sensitive information to the wrong people, or worse, deliberately steal company secrets for personal gain or sabotage. The latest threat prevention tools and proactive security awareness training are crucial to address these threats, but a zero trust security framework can also go a long way.
It’s better to simply avoid granting your employees access to confidential data unless they explicitly require it for their jobs. There’s no reason, for example, for an employee in marketing to have access to customer payment details. And if employees are leaving the company, immediately revoking their access privileges decreases the likelihood of deliberate insider breaches.
#2. Protect customer data
If a social engineering scammer or malware manages to break into a system, it can exfiltrate confidential data belonging to your customers. This data is also subject to stringent compliance laws, so you need to make every possible effort to protect it.
If customer data gets stolen, it can cause enormous problems for your customers and, consequently, your business through reputational damage, remediation costs, and even lawsuits. Zero trust security can keep your customer data, as well as your business’s intellectual property, from landing in the wrong hands.
#3. Detect breaches faster
Zero trust security solutions provide protection at the account level by allowing administrators to keep a close eye on who’s accessing company resources and from which device, network, and geographical location. Since you can’t verify what you can’t see, it’s important to have full visibility into your digital assets at all times. Bring predictive and behavioral analytics into the mix, and you can also automate a lot of the work involved with detecting potentially suspicious activities. This lets you detect and respond to potential data breaches faster and immediately lock down accounts that may have been compromised.
#4. Reduce security complexity
As the number of internet-connected devices in the enterprise continues to proliferate, security measures are getting ever more complex and harder to apply. Legacy security systems aren’t just complicated and expensive; they’re ineffective against a wide range of threats. The security stack, which typically consists of access controls, firewalls, and secure internet gateways, becomes even more difficult to apply at scale in an increasingly global environment.
Cloud-based zero trust security systems help overcome much of the complexity by shifting part of the responsibility to a trusted third party, as well as taking all matters of security to the account level.
#5. Boost employee productivity
Today, employees often find themselves trying to wade through a dizzyingly complex set of programs and data. Zero trust is all about reducing access to provide only what people need to do their jobs. That means fewer distractions while also eliminating the need to remember and enter different login credentials for a multitude of different systems.
A zero trust security framework is quickly becoming the norm now that businesses face a host of cyberthreats. If you want to implement this framework and ensure your company’s safety, talk to Umbrella Managed Systems today. We offer state-of-the-art solutions and guidance you need to protect businesses in Kansas City from external and internal threats.