What is Zero Trust?
(Shared via Microsoft) Microsoft’s Zero Trust security model sets a new standard for protecting critical infrastructure and reducing future catastrophes in your company. Businesses are currently operating in the most complex cybersecurity environment we’ve ever seen. Today, the importance of cybersecurity and IT departments’ work to our national and global security is becoming increasingly important. While our ability to detect and respond to attacks has improved in recent years, threats to IT haven’t slowed down. With unrivaled access to worldwide data on cyber dangers, Microsoft has continued to meet these new challenges. The Zero Trust model is the latest incarnation of their industry-leading security.
By limiting lateral movement, an end-to-end Zero Trust strategy makes it more difficult for attackers to access your businesses’ network. More than ever, people are moving freely between work and personal life. Teams are working across various devices with increased communication between remote and hybrid work environments. Microsoft engages across both public and private sectors with the common goal of building a stronger, more intelligent cybersecurity community. Organizations that adopt a Zero Trust culture have proven to be more resilient, consistent, and quick to respond to emerging threats.
The Zero Trust Process
The Zero Trust model works first by assuming a breach before evaluating requests from an open network rather than trusting everything within a corporate firewall. Zero Trust teaches us never to trust, always verify, regardless of where the request originates or what resource it accesses. Before giving access, each request is completely authenticated, authorized and encrypted. Zero Trust protects organizations via mobile access, empowering teams to operate more securely on any device, anywhere and anytime. The model’s cloud migration capabilities are also perfect for meeting the challenges of today’s environment while enabling digital transformation with intelligent security. To provide an extra layer of assurance, Zero Trust’s risk mitigation capacity reduces the possibility of lateral movement by closing security gaps.
Microsoft has adopted a modern approach to security called “Zero Trust,” which is based on the principle: never trust, always verify.microsoft.com
The Three Pillars of Zero Trust
- Verify explicitly – Always authenticate and authorize using all available data. This includes the user’s location, device health, identity, workload, data classification, and any anomalies.
- Use least privileged access – In order to help secure both data and productivity, utilize just-in-time and just-enough-access (JIT/JEA), risk-based adaptive policies, and data protection to limit user access.
- Assume breach – Reduce the blast radius and segment access in order to achieve visibility, drive threat detection, strengthen defenses, verify end-to-end encryption and leverage analytics.
Navigating Toward Zero Trust
Even though moving to Zero Trust is a multidimensional process that might take years, the architecture effectively handles any security concerns that modern businesses face. Microsoft anticipated that deploying Zero Trust would result in a significant shift in how users access Microsoft’s corporate environment, which is why they developed a tiered strategy to safeguarding corporate and customer data. Strong user identity, device health verification, and least-privilege access to corporate resources and services are all part of Microsoft Digital’s multistep strategy. Ultimately, this model is backed by rich data insights that reduce the risk of unauthorized movement across the corporate network.
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