INCREASE IN CYBER-ATTACKS: ZERO TRUST ARCHITECTURE

The business world is evolving rapidly,
and cyber threats therewith. For this reason, companies must adopt advanced security measures to protect their data and systems.

One of the most popular solutions in this area is the “Zero Trust” approach: no user, device or system should be trusted, regardless of its location or relationship to the company.

Instead of relying on the network edge to protect data, authentication and authorization is required for every access request. A Zero Trust implementation can include measures such as real-time threat detection and policy-based access control.

More remote work = new security measures

Cyber security is a constant challenge for companies of all sizes and industries. With the increase in mobility and remote work, companies are exposed to a higher risk of cyber-attacks.

For enterprises, Zero Trust adoption can be especially important in an environment where more and more employees are working from home or on mobile devices.

By implementing this zero trust approach, companies can be sure that only authorized users have access to their systems and data, even if they are outside the corporate network.

Figures and most common cases in the world

According to Accenture’s “The Cost of Cyber Crime” report, the average annual cost of cyber-attacks to businesses reached $11.7 million in 2020, a 15% increase from the previous year. The report also notes that the average time to detect a cyberattack is 101 days and the average time to contain it is 45 days.

In addition, PwC’s “The State of Cybersecurity” report indicates that 50% of companies worldwide suffered at least one cyber-attack in 2020. Phishing and malware attacks were the most common, followed by ransomware attacks.

Zero Trust Features

  1. Continuous protection: continuous authentication and authorization requirement for access to systems and data, providing an additional layer of security.
  2. Limiting lateral movement of attackers: network segmentation in a Zero Trust approach limits the ability of attackers to move and propagate once inside the network.
  3. Protection of data in transit and at rest: use of encryption technologies to protect data in transit and at rest, ensuring its security, even if intercepted by an attacker.
  4. Deployment flexibility: Zero Trust’s approach can be tailored to a company’s specific needs, either by implementing software solutions or adopting policy-based security strategies.

Implementing Zero Trust not only protects the company from external attacks, but also helps prevent internal problems, such as unauthorized or malicious use of systems and data.

Sources: La Jornada – Zero trust and security service edge, innovations to shield hybrid work: Seguritech Private

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