What is Zero Trust?
We used to think of work as occurring at a physical place or location. Now we think of it as something that can be done from multiple locations and on many devices.
As recently as a decade ago, we came to the office and powered up our desktops in order to connect to the local network and access all of our resources. Since we were mostly logging in from local machines, it was fairly simple to know who was supposed to be inside the network and who wasn’t. At the end of the day, we left work at the office.
Later on, when we began connecting remotely and the open web was more of a risk factor, security turned out to be a higher concern so we started implementing firewalls like a moat around our castles. VPNs could teleport us into the network if we had the right credentials, but there was still a pretty clear definition of where our perimeter was. And it was generally assumed that if you had made it past the drawbridge, then you belonged there and could be trusted to move about as you pleased.
These days, there is not much of a network to speak of and the perimeter has been made irrelevant. The wide-scale move to cloud services like AWS has replaced the local network, moving many of our most valuable resources outside our supposed ring of protection. We no longer work from cubicles, instead, we use different devices to access resources from cafes, airports, homes, trains, and everywhere in between.
What we are left with is a series of endpoints seeking to access an equally dispersed set of cloud-based resources. So what exactly is the perimeter supposed to be protecting, and where does it begin or end? Simply put, there is no longer a line dividing those users or devices that we should inherently trust and those we should not.
We should look to Zero Trust as a guiding principle that leads to a more honest conversation about how an organization works, and which processes and technologies need to be adopted in order for it to work more securely.
How are we granting access? According to what types of criteria? And what kinds of verification should we require? These are all questions that organizations should consider when deciding which Zero Trust solution is best for them.
By implementing Perimeter 81’s Zero Trust Application Access, our customers can experience several technical and business advantages, including:
- Mitigating Data Loss: Dramatically enhance your security posture and mitigate data loss via visibility, safe enablement of applications and threat prevention.
- Increasing Efficiency: Simplify compliance with highly effective trust boundaries by segmenting sensitive resources into many small perimeters that are secured based on user permissions.
- Enabling Mobility and Virtualization: Increase the ability to accommodate transformative IT initiatives such as cloud computing, infrastructure virtualization, user mobility, social networking and more.
- Reducing TCO: Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) for IT security by replacing disconnected point products with a single, consolidated security platform.
- Increased Visibility: With audited access to cloud environments, applications, and local services, Perimeter 81’s Zero Trust Application Access increases security, monitoring, and visibility while reducing help-desk support.
- Increased Security: By encrypting all data and filtering unwanted traffic, organizations can prevent sophisticated cyber threats from penetrating perimeter defenses.
Perimeter 81's Zero Trust Application Access is a cutting-edge solution that allows organizations to provide their workforce with secure, zero trust access to popular web applications - without an agent.
By applying user connection identification rules, continuous protection of your organization’s applications will be seamlessly implemented.
Based on customized protocols, organizations have the opportunity to deploy four types of application access to their workforce.
To get started, you’ll need to add an application to your Perimeter 81 account. For more information, see Adding an Application.