Millions of employees in the United States and the rest of the world have been working remotely for over a year as a result of the pandemic. The remote working movement, not unexpectedly, is having a significant impact on how businesses protect their networks, tools, and data.
Not long ago, there were major security issues around employees taking their smartphones to work and linking to the Wi-Fi network. But these challenges pale in contrast to the problems faced by workers who operate remotely and need to control networks, applications, and confidential information in order to do their jobs.
The convergence of those workers and the different devices they use at their remote work locations, contributing to an ever-expanding threat surface that keeps cybersecurity practitioners up at night. That is why “zero” and “trust” have become the two most important terms in cybersecurity.
Three Strategies For Successfully Implementing Zero-Trust in IoT Security
It’s all about the cloud
Corporate LAN (and, in some situations, a WAN) connectivity is quickly becoming obsolete. Everything, including how individuals and machines relate to the tools they need to perform their jobs, is moving to the cloud. If it hasn’t already, most organizations’ authentication, enterprise processes, and cybersecurity stacks will all be cloud-based in the near future.
The effect would be zero-trust access to the organization’s cloud-based properties, regardless of whom or what system tries to connect to the network. Employees would only be allowed to access servers, databases, software, and other resources for which they have been given permission. The Internet of Things (IoT) in a modern workplace consists of a rapidly increasing arsenal of sensors and other gadgets.
It is important to provide complete visibility
How do security departments keep up with all of the different things that individuals and organizations use today? The most important thing is to ensure that security operations can view all that is going on in the environment. That means having complete visibility into any computer, including all connected devices used by employees outside of the workplace.
Every effort by an individual or computer to connect to an organization’s network must be seen and logged in real-time. Strong authentication and zero-trust compliance must happen immediately any time a link is established. It’s important that rules and protocols are in place to only enable connectivity that has been specifically allowed, whether it’s an employee, a guest, or someone’s phone or watch that tries to communicate with a wireless access point. “Guilty until proven innocent” is the high-tech version of zero trusts.
The Keep It Simply Secure (KISS) method
With the exponential rise of internet-connected gadgets and workers who can operate from anywhere, a company’s security infrastructure and workforce are under constant strain. With too many important enterprise apps now available as cloud-based SaaS offerings, protecting the company and its data can be a daunting task.
That’s where Keep It Simply Secure (KISS) comes into the picture. The beauty of zero-trust authentication is that it makes protecting even the most difficult organizations much easier. The employee’s ability to link to the network is the same if they are working in the workplace, at home, or elsewhere. When an employee or computer is secured one-way on-premises and another way when it is remote, a straightforward procedure becomes overly complicated.
When there’s a lot of sophistication, there are also a lot of security flaws that can be exploited. The key is to be armed and ready!