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In recent years, we have faced increasing incidents of cyber attacks and unprecedented technologies being used to cause data breaches.
It will only get worse if organizations do not adapt their cybersecurity strategies to the principles and technologies of the current transformation in the state of business cybersecurity.
Here we discuss three of these great principles and highlight some of the technologies that drive the trend.
Basically, this is a principle that eliminates security authentication systems from the assumption of trust when handling access requests.
Unlike traditional security models, the zero trust framework aims to determine a user’s identity and legitimacy to gain the required access.
This moves away from reliance on hardware devices and knowledge-based authentication models, which can be easily breached / hijacked. By not relying on anything outside the perimeter of the network until the user’s identity is firmly established, organizations can significantly reduce data breach incidents.
One of the principles promoted in the zero trust model is to prioritize cybersecurity. The principle means that users do not have access to network resources beyond what is necessary to perform a (legitimate task).
The ultimate goal is to manage and reduce the impact of data breaches.
Essentially, if even the CEO cannot access more network resources than they require to complete a task, breaching the system through this endpoint limits the amount of damage a cyberattack can cause.
It seems that the minimum privilege is a cross between intelligent permission management and advanced network segmentation that reduces an area of cyberattack.
Edge security and user responsibility
This is the era of distributed workspace, which is a welcome development. However, removing the physical boundaries of office networks must require a transformation of organizations ’approach to cybersecurity.
Apparently, the edge has reached the same level of importance as the core. The cybersecurity technologies of the future would be the ones that give more importance to ensuring malicious infiltration.
The rapid adoption of the IoT makes this even more important.
Companies need to focus on ensuring endpoints, wherever they are. As expected, this means that individual users (employees) have a greater responsibility when it comes to protecting office data.
Therefore, new cybersecurity technologies must focus on employee empowerment as the first line of defense in order to resist attacks.
Now, to the specific technologies that implement these principles:
Perimeter defined by software
An SDP is used to segment network resources and limit access to approved users.
SDP solutions use a zero-confidence strategy and a model of minimum privileges assuming that everything outside the defined perimeter is unreliable.
Once connected to the network, the user is only granted access to perform a specific task as approved. Therefore, the larger network remains secure even if a data breach occurs.
Traditional authentication systems are too rigid and this is a disadvantage. If everyone (regardless of privilege level) only needs to be provided with a password to access a system, it is only a matter of time before highly privileged accounts are breached.
RBA prevents this by applying different authentication requirements depending on the sensitivity of the data to be accessed and the login context.
Therefore, without using 2-factor authentication, you can still offer scalable, easy-to-use login authentication.
Edge secure access service
SASE consolidates network connectivity and security features in cloud-delivered solutions.
With the growing adoption of remote work and distributed endpoints, SASE solutions govern access to network resources in a scalable manner, ensuring security compliance in all contexts.
Gartner predicted last year that “by 2024, at least 40% of companies will have explicit strategies for adopting SASE.”
Security corridor in access to the cloud
CASBs are used to integrate and enforce various categories of security policies as users attempt to access system cloud resources. A CASB works between users and cloud service providers to enforce security compliance.
Some of the security policies may include authorization, detection and prevention of malware, incident response, remote access, business continuity, and so on.
New generation firewalls
Traditional firewalls use state packet filtering; however, NGFWs go further by implementing security at the highest layer of the OSI model: the application layer.
NGFWs also include an integrated intrusion prevention system, in-depth package inspection, threat intelligence, and other functions that are not possible with traditional firewalls.
Business cybersecurity has relied on traditional VPNs, firewalls, encryption, antivirus, and other similar technologies. However, they have failed to provide the necessary types of cyber resistance as the world of work changes.
The next generation of cybersecurity will require tools and technologies not to assume trust, but to authenticate everything that attempts to access a network.