Your business’ security is inherently one of its most important considerations, which means that you need to take it very seriously. While this may sound overly obvious, many underestimate just how seriously business security needs to be taken nowadays. Let’s go into a security philosophy known as “zero trust,” and how it works to protect a business.
As the name would suggest, zero trust is an approach to security that demands verification from everyone and everything, regardless of its relationship to your infrastructure. Authentication is required for access, period. Hard stop.
The idea of “zero trust” was first named by an analyst from Forrester Research in 2010 when the concept was first shared, and it swiftly rose to be accepted as a fundamental policy.
Let’s break down the idea of zero trust.
The basic concept effectively assumes that attack vectors can—and do—exist both inside and outside the business, so to remain secure, you can’t trust anyone by default. All information needs to be available only on a need-to-know basis, and therefore needs to be locked down. Multi-factor authentication and other access controls are commonly required, along with mobile device management controls.
At its core, zero trust is a policy of ensuring that your business’ sensitive data is exclusively available to those who need it, promoting your security and minimizing risk as much as you can.
As you would imagine, establishing such a policy is a multi-step process, beginning with a thorough evaluation of a business’ resources, the sensitive materials associated with them, and the level of risk that could be considered acceptable.
From there, all threats that could pose these risks are identified and organized in order of likelihood. Then the strategies necessary to mitigate all these risks are identified and implemented. These strategies, including whitelisting acceptable applications, auditing the existing IT infrastructure, and implementing granular access controls to storage solutions, are then carried out.
Once this is done, assuming that best practices are faithfully followed, your data would be feasibly protected from anyone without the necessary permissions to view a given file.
To learn more about successfully implementing security solutions and features designed to follow a zero trust philosophy, reach out to our team. KT Connections can assist you in identifying any weak points and resolving them. Give us a call at 605-341-3873 today.
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.