Zero trust is the hot topic in cybersecurity. In many ways, it sounds like THE solution to the current cyberthreat climate.
But the benefits of zero trust are often hidden by myths. We're going to address some of the main myths with the truth about ZTNA.
What is Zero Trust
As a quick definition, ZTNA means everything is suspicious. There are no blanket levels of general accessibility, and each step in the process requires verification. Whenever a user or device tries to access a resource, they must identify their identity before access is granted. And even after access is granted, if another resource needs to be accessed, the verification process will start again.
Myth: Zero Trust is a Product You Can Purchase
Zero trust isn't a product but a cybersecurity posture. It's not something you can pull out of the box and implement, but rather a set of strategies that work together to create the zero trust architecture.
The challenge when implementing zero trust is to stay away from companies and products that claim they offer a one-size-fits-all zero trust product. Organizations should look for vendors that will work with them to create a zero trust cybersecurity posture.
Myth: Zero Trust Replaces VPN
While zero trust does improve on the idea of VPN, it can work in conjunction with VPN. In fact, zero trust solves many of the issues with VPN when implemented correctly and can work with VPN to create a stronger cybersecurity posture.
Myth: Zero Trust is Only For Enterprise
Since zero trust is a posture not a product, it doesn't have to break the bank to be implemented. Creating the zero trust architecture that works best for your business by periodically investing in improvement will spread out the cost and still create a strong posture.
Myth: Zero Trust Makes Applications Hard To Access
Zero trust both improves network availability and the application access experience. Since location on its own does not determine trust, securing assets is more effective and efficient. This also helps make accessing those assets more efficient since complexity is decreased.
While it may sound like frequent verifications may hinder the user experience, if zero trust is implemented correctly, verification should be a seamless process.
Myth: Zero Trust is Hard to Implement
Zero trust is only hard if you don't know where to start or what the next step is. Working with the right partner who understands it is a process to construct a zero trust framework—not just a few pieces of tech slapped together—can make zero trust a breeze.
Myth: There Is Only One Way To Do Zero Trust
Just like with anything related to cybersecurity, there is never just one way to implement zero trust. Finding the zero trust solution that best works for your organization is going to make the zero trust architecture work properly.
Since zero trust is a framework for cybersecurity, how it is implemented should be determined by the specifics of each organization.
Myth:I need to replace my current security plan completely to implement zero trust
Like all cybersecurity postures, zero trust is a journey. You cannot start with no cybersecurity and build a zero trust plan overnight. Instead, zero trust should be taken in steps to change the mindset of your organization.
How Anteris Can Help
Zero trust may sound complex to implement, but working with the right partner can make it simple.
At Anteris, we make security a top priority. As cybersecurity professionals, our security services support your business and protect your data from outside threats.
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