Cyber threats between commercial and government companies seem to be so common that we rarely see important stories on the subject. The last few weeks have been an exception, as East Coast gas stations ran out of fuel supplies, thanks to the crippling cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline. In April, the Washington, DC police department suffered a ransomware attack, one of many that make state and local governments an attractive target for cybercrime.
Often, the problem is not just the rescue money, but the disruption itself that causes major security issues, according to a report from the Institute of Security and Technology.
For state and local governments trying to prevent these cataclysmic attacks, the best way to think about their security stance is, well, to start from scratch, with a zero-confidence approach.
Don’t trust it, but check it out
A standard network security stance focuses on stopping threats that come from outside the perimeter of the network, but that can leave data vulnerable to theft on the network. This approach uses firewalls, VPNs, access controls, IDS, IPS, SIEM and secure email gateways to the perimeter that cybercriminals now know how to breach. This means that someone with the right credentials could be admitted to sites, applications, or devices on any network. With zero confidence security, no one trusts from within or outside the network by default. Zero trust operates from the beginning requiring verification of all users attempting to access resources, thus authenticating users and regulating access to systems, networks, and data. This process involves the validation of user identities, the access rights associated with a particular system, and allows organizations to manage users ’digital identities by ensuring appropriate access. To enhance authentication, zero trust also uses several layers of advanced access control to access network devices and servers that support resources. This approach also allows you to track user activities, create reports on those activities, and implement policies to ensure compliance.
What is a Zero-Trust approach?
Reduce risk Reduce the risks of constant threats with security-based design principles. Use technologies such as integrated tenant isolation and less privileged access, also helping with compliance and privacy regulations. With well-managed identities, organizations allow for greater control over user access, which translates into a reduced risk of internal and external violations.
Controlling Access A zero-trust security approach involves capturing user information, managing user identities, and orchestrating access privileges to help regulate access to systems or networks for individual users in an organization. Without the right identity and access management solution, your agency could be vulnerable due to improper use of access / permission controls, unapproved cloud services that allow data loss, data exposure of remote users and personal devices and even inside information activities, including former employees with active accounts. and permits.
Who your cloud provider is You may be wondering if your cloud provider can offer an effective zero-trust security model that includes:
- Safety-based design principles with integrated security to reduce risk.
- Isolated network virtualization
- Granular separation of functions
- Access with minimum privileges
- Automated security to reduce complexity and prevent human error.
- Automated threat mitigation and remediation
- Continuous and always active security for perfect protection.
- Ubiquitous encryption enabled by default
- Continuous monitoring of user behaviors
- Context-aware adaptive authentication
These are the features and attributes that are standard with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, where security is integrated at all levels. Our security approach first focuses on reducing risk, automating security to reduce complexity and prevent human error, and employing permanent encryption and continuous monitoring of user behavior. Get the details here, so you can also earn a big zero on your safety stance.