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The Zero Trust Security Model: What CISOs Should Know

The Zero Trust Security Model: What CISOs Should Know

While the idea of zero trust architecture has been present in our lives for over 10 years, the recent changes in how and where people work has increased the importance of the zero trust model.

With remote work, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, and employers giving employees more flexibility, the modern workforce is always on the go. However, this can also bring new cyber security risks that organizations must pay attention to. The zero trust security model was meant for this moment, to support remote and hybrid work environments and minimize cyber security risk.

CISOs understand that intellectual property, customer data, and other valuable information should be protected, while avoiding business system downtime and protecting key applications. Traditional security approaches have evolved, making the zero trust model a must-have for all organizations, regardless of size and scope.

Updating an Outdated Approach

The traditional cyber security approach assumes any device, user, or infrastructure that falls under the corporate network umbrella is safe and trustworthy. This is no longer the case. Applications have come out from behind the firewall, and end users can access data and information from a personal device through their own home network.

A conventional security approach could be thought of as a perimeter-based model. The IT team created a security perimeter that surrounded the network, important assets were protected, and hackers had a difficult time accessing the network, applications, or data. This approach unfortunately presents some issues.

It requires trust that the security perimeter is actually secure, including the end users. It also assumed a centralize