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Why should you care about zero trust architecture benefits? Zero trust architecture is a tool you can use to respond to the latest cyber threats. It’s critical because cyber attacks are always on the rise and some traditional tools are no longer effective.
For example, the traditional approach of securing the perimeter of your network assumes that any activity on your network is from a trusted source. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Cyber criminals are finding ways to break through perimeter defenses by stealing the credentials of trusted users. In addition, with the expanded use of the cloud and hybrid workforces, your perimeter isn’t an easily controlled access point.
Attention is being focused on zero trust architecture to keep up with a changing cyber threat landscape. Last year, President Biden issued an executive order to improve the nation’s cyber security and is requiring that all government sites use zero trust architecture.1 Gartner estimates that spending on zero trust network access solutions will see a 26% CAGR between 2022 and 2025, going from $170 billion this year to $233 billion in 2025.2
If you aren’t using zero trust architecture, now is the time to move in that direction.
The foundation of zero trust is the principle that your network should “never trust, always verify.”3 It means that every device and user on your network represents a potential threat unless it has been authenticated. In addition, zero trust architecture will only allow a user or device access to the least number of resources needed to perform its work efficiently.
The architecture includes capabilities such as identity and asset management, network segmentation, threat intelligence, and application authentication. The technology to supply these capabilities are now available to a wide range of businesses.
Business leaders are in agreement about the importance of zero trust according to a study conducted by Forrester.4 Their report indicates that 75% of leaders think zero trust is important to responding to today’s cyber threat environment. These are the top seven benefits that zero trust architecture provides.
For example, a user might be granted access to a specific resource only while they’re in the office. Let’s say that the user needs access from their home, too. The system could be structured to allow access from their home, but still refuse access if the user is at a coffee shop.
Cyber security is a critical component of keeping your data, employees, customers, and partners safe. Implementing a zero trust architecture can help you become more proactive in securing your data and networks. And the seven benefits discussed here are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits you’ll receive. However, according to Forrester, 44% of the business leaders they surveyed felt that they would need help to design a pilot zero trust program.4