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What is zero-trust security?

Pete Hoff

Pete Hoff

October 27, 2021

Security should be every IT admin’s top priority. But there is so much IT professionals need to juggle to keep a successful business running. If there is one area or principle of security to focus on, we believe it’s the concept of zero-trust security.

This is similar to a concept we’ve discussed on our blog before, the principle of least access. Both have an underlying theme: don’t give people access to data or resources they do not need.

What is the zero-trust approach to security?

The zero-trust approach to security is a modern, more dynamic approach to security than the traditional approach.

Think of it this way – the traditional approach to security is like the fortress of a castle. It keeps the bad actors out and keeps those inside the castle safe. This model is outdated for today’s working environment because there are now so many moving parts, going in and out of the castle walls. Those with access inside the castle are constantly interacting with the outside world and unknowingly opening themselves up to security risks.

With zero-trust, organizations can add an extra coat of armor to everyone who has access to inside the castle walls, even when they are no longer on premise.

To step outside of the castle metaphor, this approach enables users to stay secure in a cloud-based or hybrid environment. Firewalls and security parameters work within each employee’s devices, following governance and compliance regulations wherever work is getting done.

How to apply the zero-trust approach to security

Applying security at any organization looks a little different, depending on the company. You must decide what to prioritize and how that approach works for your company’s work structure. A few key areas to focus on include:

  • Identifying what data is sensitive, or where it falls on the spectrum of sensitive data
  • Granting access to sensitive information based on the user’s specific need, role, location, department, device, etc.
  • Requiring authentication when interacting with company resources
  • Documenting, inspecting, and logging activity

Learn more about securing your business with Wursta

Getting granular with security provides you with more control over your data. We’re here to help you utilize the security tools that Google offers to the best of their ability. 

Check out other security guidelines we have available, like the principle of least access and Two-Step Verification. Let’s connect to see what best practices fit your business needs.

Pete Hoff

Pete Hoff

October 27, 2021

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