Companies can use cybersecurity mesh to ensure that security of every access point is properly handled from a single point of authority, allowing for centralized security policies and distributed enforcement.
Due to the pandemic, businesses worldwide increased their digital transformation activities in order to stay ahead of the competition in a fight for survival. Many businesses have implemented or are planning to implement cutting-edge technologies to support and promote work-from-anywhere trends. Key business assets for many enterprises are located outside of traditional security perimeters, making it challenging to rely on legacy safeguards to protect them against modern cyber-attacks. Enterprises have their partners, employees, assets, and customer base globally scattered in diverse areas, thanks to the work-from-anywhere scenario and remote working becoming the new norm.
Many threat actors take advantage of the lack of security measures in place to breach data and target company operations and systems. As a result, businesses must ensure that cybersecurity measures are adaptable, reliable, and scalable in order to secure digital transformation activities. This is where cybersecurity concepts such as cybersecurity mesh can be useful.
Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture (CSMA) was one of the top security and risk management trends last year, according to Gartner Top Security and Risk Management Trends, 2021, and is expected to be one of the top trends this year as well.
Here are a few benefits and applications of cybersecurity mesh:
Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Because various digital assets, devices and identities are outside of the company’s premises, traditional security methods struggle to adequately protect company systems. The majority of IAM requests will be handled by cybersecurity mesh, resulting in more mobile, adaptive, and unified access management. For businesses, the mesh model provides a secure way to access and control digital assets.
Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs)
According to Gartner’s 5 Key Predictions for IAM and Fraud Detection, MSSPs will be responsible for 40% of Identity and Access Management application mergers by 2023. MSSP firms can provide companies with top-tier resources and the necessary capabilities to plan, acquire, and deploy comprehensive IAM solutions, as evidenced by the report. Service partners will be better positioned to supply best-of-breed solutions with an integrated strategy, resulting in a major shift in product vendor influence.
Identity proofing tools
It will become more difficult for people to distinguish between genuine valid users and threat actors as the number of remote interactions increases. Enrolment and recovery processes must be implemented as soon as possible. As a result, many large corporations are deploying new identity proofing tools. This should help address some of the most common flaws in workforce identity life cycle processes.
Decentralized identity standards
Because most companies employ a centralized method to manage identity data, it is difficult for them to ensure privacy and assurance. A decentralized solution based on a mesh model can improve privacy by allowing individuals to validate information requests with the bare minimum of data.