4 Steps to Implement Zero Trust Security Safeguarding Network Threats

4 Steps to Implement Zero Trust Security Safeguarding Network Threats

Amid various organizational threats, network threat cases are snowballing. Organizations must evolve to adopt zero-trust security measures and deploy tools across the network security stacks and build robust Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) to curb all threats.

According to a market study conducted by Markets and Markets ‘Zero Trust Security Market by Solution Type (Data Security, Endpoint Security, API Security, Security Analysis, and Security Policy Management), Deployment More, Authentication Type, Organization Size, Vertical, and Region – Global Forecast to 2027, the zero-trust security market size is anticipated to touch USD 60.7 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 17.3%.

The current business landscape leaning heavily towards remote and hybrid. Employees are working in these modes more frequently, which needs assurance that businesses and their assets are safeguarded by internally facing networks used by employees, and externally facing networks used from the public domain.

With the rapidly rising network security breaches, organizations should enhance their network security precautions because infrastructure and network access are the common targets of cyber attackers. For this, organizations require a Zero Trust approach as a solution that spans across the network security stacks providing a roof of security at scale.

Applied effectively, zero-trust security tools unlock vital levels of networks associated with core organization functions by giving employees safe access to any application working remotely.

How should organizations implement zero-trust security? To know the essential steps to do it, it’s imperative to understand that real-world deployments are shaping the advanced functions of zero-trust security measures.

Implementing Zero Trust in these Steps!

Zero trust network access offers a single security service platform that can help organizations to implement the tool for optimum security.

Apply Micro segmentation

Organizations must utilize micro segmentation during implementing zero trust security, which incorporates splitting security perimeters into smaller zones in the light of separating certain parts of network access.

This separation enables organizations to give verified access to users, and restrict access from unauthorized applicants. Micro segmentation of networks addresses the fundamental access protection of critical systems which requires high-level access.

Deploy SASE

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) for organizations assists in unifying SD-WAN and network security point solutions to integrate into centralized cloud-native infrastructure. As organizations’ infrastructure are susceptible to threats from cyber-attackers, deployment of SASE is a savior of all phishing and threat acts at scale.

This can be included during security strategizing methods as this hack demonstrates the need to add an authentication process with security stack complexity.

Here are some facets to consider while deploying the SASE solution:

  • Integration: The best zero trust security measure should include the SASE solution because it integrates seamlessly into the existing organization’s network architecture. Organizations that operate critical infrastructure remotely or hybrid should maintain high network security by opting for SASE that connects securely to cloud resources and also to legacy infrastructure.
  • Features: The best SASE solution should enable the termination of potential threats and limit the damage that might be caused by a breach. In fact, the solution should help organizations to implement sandboxing, patching, and configurable access management.
  • Containment: Preferably, a SASE solution of the organization’s choice should maintain high threat detectability toward networks to remove or reduce the hazardous impact on the business.

Utilization of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Organizations using traditional MFA do not effectively eradicate network threats. Skilled hackers can penetrate through tough MFA gaps and unprotected layers of network security and can gain access to critical organization assets in a few steps.

But, advanced MFA having one-time passwords (OTPs) can address this fundamental issue by providing access protections to multiple layers of networks used by organizations. OTPs are used once and hence can’t be measured easily unless there’s a fault from OTP service providers. If this is also the case, then tech leaders can even set up password-less MFA eliminates networks by providing critical security measures at scale. This is set to be one of the best options for implementing zero trust security measures in the network infrastructure of organizations.

Also Read: Strategies to Consider while Moving to Zero Trust Security

Implement the Principle of Least Privilege (PoLP)

Organizations can easily secure their network with zero-trust security measures by implementing the Principle of Least Privilege (PoLP). This involves limiting user access and permissions for some level of employees due to confidential reasons. Also, hackers are attracted to an organization’s critical asset storage network. Hence, due to such phishing capability, organizations must provide the least permissions to access, enter, and open devices, applications, files, or resources.

Although many organizations now utilize cloud-based infrastructure, these newer network solutions encounter network usage bottlenecks, which result in lesser connections, poor accessibility, and unsatisfactory user experiences. Business leaders must invest in additional network security measures even for cloud-based infrastructure. It is because zero trust network security solutions prohibit hackers from attacking and phishing networks for their benefit.

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