Adoption Of Zero Trust Policy in times of COVID-19

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Remote work has taken over all parts of the world for everything apart from essential services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The businesses which previously were reluctant to provide remote work opportunities, now don’t even have a choice. As far as possible, businesses have to run normally. Even if it is with the newer definitions of normal that are coming about.

But, because of the previous reluctance towards remote work, several organizations have been thoroughly underprepared. Lack of VPN infrastructure, lack of devices to work from home and poor security measures beyond the corporate network. In a haywire scenario to get things done, we have reached a point where all organizations are now working from home. But, what has been compromised in the process? Are there newer security loopholes? Are personal devices used for business safe? Are the employees well aware of social engineering attempts? Are their access being granted for the sake of it with no detailed list of who has access to what? Most importantly, will it give your security professionals a headache to figure out the answers to all of this?

Irrespective of how chaotic or organized your transition to work from home may have been, some loopholes will exist in the process. One security model that can take your business security from uncertain to trustworthy is the zero trust security model.

Zero trust model – the remote work accelerator

Zero trust security has been around for quite some time. It has been met with some apprehension, clouded with certain myths and truly accepted by those who have understood its benefits.

The companies who have reluctant to imbibe it has a clear reason to give it a go considering how it can be your face of trust when you do not know who is accessing what and from where.

There are several remote work enablers like VPN. As helpful as they are, they cannot be the one answer for all the security issues.

With zero trust, everyone has silos of access. That’s it. Nothing more, and nothing less. These are clearly defined, and you cannot deter from it without making an access request for it.

The network segmentation that exists in this model ensures everyone has least privilege, meaning they get access to just enough resources to get the job done. Every additional access is met with step up authentication models through MFA and powerful risk engines.

It is all the more important now when you cannot see your user, to have a network security model that verify your user for you, at every step of the way, and all the time.

Identity Management solutions that are built around providing you with zero trust security is the answer to ensure your business is not deterred with security issues in this time.

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