Do you need a zero-trust policy? | Cybersecurity strategy | The Cyber Review

July 20, 2021
Written by Farah

Do businesses really need zero-trust cybersecurity?

For remote workers using both company issued and personal devices at work, a zero-trust policy might be the solution for them.

Almost everyone owns a personal device, but not every device may have endpoint security protection. Cybercriminals know this and tend to exploit them to launch a cyber-attack when the device is used for work purposes.

To help businesses securely manage the access of their applications and data, visibility and continuous verification of all users and devices are needed. One way of protecting the network and applications these devices use is by adapting a zero-trust access approach to devices.

What is a zero-trust approach?

A zero-trust cybersecurity policy acknowledges every device on the network as a threat. Devices can get access through different verification methods.

Implementing a zero-trust access would allow businesses to protect themselves by giving full visibility on everything that is happening across users, devices, networks, applications, and data.

Large companies with employees working remotely need to know what is happening behind the scenes, and have visibility to data and apps which is why a zero-trust policy would help.

4 Factors That Should Be Part of Your Cybersecurity Strategy

1. Security must be part of your corporate culture

The culture should include planning for cyber attack response plan and other activities. Conduct extensive employee training for defence against cyberattacks. Good cybersecurity practices must be reinforced across all functions of every organization.

Organizations can learn a lot by engaging in sharing within peer industries— sharing threat intelligence.

2. Security at the edge is increasingly important

Many companies are relying on VPNs for connectivity to vital systems and applications. However, the security governing these VPNs may not be sufficient, which has led organizations to substitute their VPN with SD-WAN. SD-WAN has integrated security controls.

3. Segmentation and micro segmentation requirements are emerging

In the near future, more-integrated approaches to addressing segmentation of home networks will become prevalent.

4. There’s a continuing need to combat ransomware attacks

As ransomware attacks continue to increase, security vendors, industry associations, business organizations, and governments are increasingly working together to put measures in place to combat ransomware attacks.