• Angela Arp

Zero Trust; the new HOT topic in the cyber security world.


Do a quick Google search on Zero Trust; you'll easily find a quarter of a million results from just the last 24 hours.


It sounds like adding Zero Trust to our organizations is the future, but do we know what it means, where we benefit, or how to get implementation rolling?

Initially, firewalls controlled the protection of networks and all connections, but this isn't cutting it anymore; things have changed. One of the most significant changes to the current security scenario is that employees are no longer working in a secure office but at home or in public spaces. The prevailing IT security archistructure encompasses many different trust methods, and the changes to where work happens have made the old security methods reactionary, challenging to manage, and simply ineffective. Clearly, it is necessary to implement better technology to remedy this.


WHAT IS ZERO TRUST

Zero Trust solves for all the downfalls in the current system by removing implicit trust and validating at every stage of the digital interaction. To accomplish this, Zero Trust requires continual authentication & authorization for every device, application, and user gaining access to all resources no matter where the request originates.

WHERE IT FITS

Currently, the United States government is pushing to convert all federal networks to zero Trust by 2024, but don't be misled; Zero Trust is not only for massive networks.

Cybercrime has increased exponentially, and all companies need to streamline solutions to mitigate higher volumes and more sophisticated attacks, regardless of size.

Whether you're just moving your digital assets into the cloud, your workforce into a hybrid remote environment, or want more security in physical access control, you need to think about what else needs to change to accommodate the inevitable security downfalls.

All of these changes reveal the inadequacies of 'ye old' firewalls, VPNs, and internal networks, not to mention that in today's job market, every company is trying to do more with less.

Yes, the Zero Trust implementation is a lengthy, arduous project, but don't be dissuaded; the benefits will be well worth it.

It seems simplistic to say that the benefits from a Zero Trust environment improve security, but let's elaborate on how exactly it does that.

To start, you'll see improved efficiency in your security operations center. Here, you'll experience increased levels of automation, allowing for easier fraud detection and even the potential for your team to be proactive. Another SOC benefit is real-time visibility into users, behavior, and devices accessing the network, when, and where, safeguarding all data access. You'll also find that you'll be able to do more with less staff by automating user account authentication and simplifying password resets.

These benefits also reach the user experience realm; the simplified infrastructure treats all use cases the same, allowing one solution to be used across all users, all the time, wherever they are! This single solution mindset gives the employee a feeling of enablement: they can easily access all the necessary things to do their job.

Now that you have seen why you should move toward Zero Trust, where do you start?

Luckily the first step in implementing a zero trust environment is the easiest; an extremely strong user authentication system.


And NO, we don't mean passwords and PINs.

The superior ID option for Zero Trust is voice biometric authentication. Voice biometric tech tops Forbes' list of the most reliable authentication technologies regarding strength and accuracy, and this technology is already in use in leading enterprise sectors.

The best part is that implementing voice biometric into your existing system(s) is so simple; there is no additional hardware to buy since the customer or employee utilizes their own mobile device to perform the authentication process.

Simple, Secure Voice authentication is V2verify's forte.

V2verify's Voice authentication is the most simple & secure way to authenticate a user. It's impossible to fake; it's quick and easy, with the user authenticated with only 2 seconds of natural speech & all you need is a smartphone.

Remember, your new environment will only be as strong as the ID solution you implement.

Contact Us, and we'll help walk you through it.


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