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What Is Zero Trust Architecture and What Are Its Benefits

What Is Zero Trust Architecture and What Are Its Benefits
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In today’s digital age, companies are shifting towards multi-cloud environments that improve agility, increase security, and collaboration among employees and vendors, and offer access to more resources. Along with various benefits of multi-cloud infrastructure come security issues that many companies are still focused on fixing. Implementing the right technologies for secured data protection is not just a nice-to-have thought and decision but a must-have solution that provides companies with protection across all networks, applications, and devices.

With the traditional on-premises data architecture, companies were required to entrust their vendors to maintain compliance and optimize the power of the network. However, now it has changed to a time where companies need to only trust themselves and nothing else when it comes to data security and compliance.

What is zero trust and how does it work?

Imagine the older times when enterprises were using legacy physical data servers that were completely backed up by vendors and even IT leaders had to place their faith in the hands of the vendors. Zero trust is a mechanism that enables IT and management to build and enhance cybersecurity in a cloud environment. How?

The zero-trust architecture requires the data locations including devices, applications, and networks connected to the organization that needs to be authorized and managed by the IT teams. During the implementation process, IT is required to do configuration to allow access to data that helps companies avoid data threats by placing continuous authorization.

What are its benefits?

Reduces business risks

Due to the strict policies of authentication and authorization of zero trust architecture, all the services and applications need to receive permission to communicate with each other. Employees also need to clear pre-defined trust policies in order to access sensitive data and business information stored in the cloud. Every communication made on the network becomes visible to everyone by regularly checking who is accessing what assets and resources.

Helps avoid data incidents

Companies become more agile and proactive while granting access to every request no matter where the request comes from. As the request gets verified, data incidents are avoided and reduced to a great extent. Moreover, devices and applications are also authenticated, and users can only access information after it has been authorized and permission is given. It does not end there.

Zero trust ensures security by rigorously analyzing the usage of data by the users and their location to monitor any malicious practices and/or human error.

Initiates compliance process

Zero trust architecture offers protection to the cloud system, users, and data against data breaches to ensure compliance. As it becomes easier for companies to lead their teams toward data security and a trust environment, adhering to compliance regulations and policies are also exhibited. Companies can also enable a set of limitations and control elements to protect sensitive information such as customers’ and employees’ bank and credit card details.

Implementing zero-trust architecture

Before deciding to implement zero trust in your organization, it is necessary to coordinate with the IT team to understand the current threats to the infrastructure and how you can mitigate the data risks. Building strategies to plant zero trust and with the help of powerful technologies and processes, you can achieve a successful implementation and optimization of zero trust.

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Aiswarya MR

With an experience in the field of writing for over 6 years, Aiswarya finds her passion in writing for various topics including technology, business, creativity, and leadership. She has contributed content to hospitality websites and magazines. She is currently looking forward to improving her horizon in technical and creative writing.