Guard Against Remote Work Vulnerabilities with a Zero Trust Security Model

A step by step guide to implementing a zero trust security model

The upheaval brought about by the COVID19-induced transition to a full or partly remote workforce for most businesses also spawned a new wave of security concerns, particularly for enterprises.

Security personnel scrambled to ensure that remote workers logging into their network were legitimate. Practically overnight important questions needed to be answered before allowing access:
  • Is the user who they say they are?
  • Do they have access to the right applications?
  • Is their device secure?
  • Is their device trusted?
Security teams have been faced with the need to keep data centers protected while allowing employees to be productive without too much frustration. It is likely that the workforce will not return to fully in-person work again, so maintaining a high level of security will continue to be increasingly complicated for security teams.

How a Zero Trust Model Provides Heightened Security for Remote Work

Traditional security models are perimeter based, meaning they keep data secure behind a series of firewalls built to keep hackers and other threats outside. The transition to remote work made clear that perimeter based security was not nimble enough to provide both security and access at the level now needed. For that reason the zero trust model has been implemented by security teams looking to protect their business’s data and allow remote workers, their personal devices, and myriad IoT devices secure access.

Unlike perimeter security, the zero trust model grants permission to trusted users and applications, and can handle the new vulnerabilities brought by both remote work and IoT devices. Security teams with complex networks and workforces have sometimes struggled with the new direction and necessary changes in existing architecture needed to implement a zero trust model. For companies facing those challenges, bringing in an experienced zero trust partner can make the process less cumbersome
and frustrating.

Zero Trust Security for Your Network is
a Journey

Security teams have become comfortable with the perimeter based, traditional security model, and change is not only uncomfortable, it is complex. However, implementing a zero trust architecture doesn’t need to be difficult or cumbersome. Zero trust is actually an augmentation to your existing architecture, not a complete overhaul. It can be introduced in iterations, and combine seamlessly with your existing architecture.

Looking at the move to a zero trust security model as a process driven journey makes it less daunting. Critical steps in this step by step journey include establishing user trust, gaining full visibility into devices, and enabling secure access to necessary apps. There are other essential steps that cannot be missed, and each necessary step has its own secondary layer of necessary steps. It is complicated, but not impossible, and establishing a comprehensive plan for implementing a zero trust model eliminates the possibility of missteps. Infinite Technology Solutions has already developed this plan, and you can download our Zero Trust Implementation Guides to help create a step by step process for securing your network.

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