Work from anywhere was once considered as a privilege is now a necessity. Organizations are redefining their remote working strategies to match the current scenario of remote working culture by ensuring their employees and fundamental IT resources remain accessible and secure from any location using any devices. Since employees work from anywhere, digital assets and information move from the data center to outside the network perimeter, organizations now need to not only set the remote working transition but also make sure to secure their network, protect users, devices, and cloud resources.
Zero Trust Access Model enables parameterless workforce to verify themselves through authentication before receiving network access, regardless of their location. Since the Zero Trust model follows “Never Trust, Always Verify” approach, the solution provides controlled identity and context-aware access to resources, thus reducing the surface area for any kind of attack/data theft. The solution acts as the best alternative to VPN as it improves connectivity and eliminates the need to directly expose applications to the internet.
Zero Trust principles combine a set of a modern approach to set up organization-wide guidelines that help in accessing company’s resources. IT teams can completely control user access, with well defined set of rules and policies by the key elements of the zero trust security model such as multi factor authentication, user device management, least privileged access, and enabling software defined perimeter to segment the network so that employee can access to just what’s needed rather than the entire network.
InstaSafe brings the Zero Trust Access platform, a complete cloud-delivered solution with AI-powered intelligence. Though VPNs provide safe connections to the server they aren’t optimized for cloud apps neither do they meet the needs of today’s remote workforce. Moreover, VPN management creates an unnecessary level of complexity that can drain resources
Usually, in most corporate IT environments, trust was set up generally as a function of location. Employees accessed corporate resources from company-owned devices, within the corporate campus. Being physically present on-premises implied that an employee had met the verification and credentialing requirements to gain access to corporate IT assets, typically residing in a local data center. This “trusted zone” was protected by technologies like firewalls, intrusion detection/protection, and other resources.
With the necessity for remote working, organizations can adopt zero trust security for their employees, decreasing their attack surface and providing a faster, more secure experience than traditional VPN technology, this is done by:
- Enabling Software Defined Perimeter that secures network access with granular control of traffic flow and segregates trust boundaries.
- Grant access to specific applications and not the entire network, privileged access management, and app policies by establishing the identity of the user first.
Enterprises can implement zero trust security models which help them to allow only trusted users and devices to access applications/services and sensitive information hosted anywhere, be it on-premises or in the cloud. Users benefit from continuous secure application access to the resources they need.
Some of the key pillars of Zero Trust user access include:
- Multifactor authentication and password less support to increase the identity trust
- Identity protection to detect and mitigate real-time user and session risks
- Conditional access policies to manage Zero Trust policies and provide granular access to corporate applications
- Enforcement policy to mitigate real-time threats during user access
Zero Trust is a journey and it starts with adopting the Zero Trust client access method to secure work from home, with advancement in modern technology and vast adoption of cloud to store and access information from any location using any device; the risk of data theft has also risen. Zero Trust security model allows organizations to mitigate cybercrimes and maintain productivity while working remotely.