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Zero Trust: A Guide for Beginners

by ARCON User Network Security

The scenario of dealing with a well-planned cyberattack has become quite prevalent in the world of IT. Thus, many software and hardware programs are also being launched in the market, which can potentially prevent these threats. However, the ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) framework seems to be the most reliable one.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most organizations are still going for remote work. Thus, the security threats have become pretty prominent again. However, this is where Zero Trust comes in. It helps the workers of the association to assess their network security constantly through identity authentication.

This way, it becomes easier for them to find the risk, even before it could affect the system. Nonetheless, before you begin implementing the module on your system, you will need to learn more about it. Hopefully, this write-up is going to help you out in this aspect!

Zero Trust Network Access: A Brief Overview

In essence, Zero Trust is not like any other security system you can acquire from the market. Unlike most others, it offers a fundamental shift to the traditional security method and tries to simplify it in a unique way. For example, when working in a ZTNA-implemented network, you will need to prove yourself trustworthy and non-malicious.

Through its complex modus operandi, Zero Trust tries to restrict the common access to the entire network. It does so by isolating each and every application that is operating on it. The isolation is implemented based on authentication, user permission, and verification.

Let’s understand the concept through an example. Consider the network system of your organization to be a house with a lot of rooms. You will need to use a proper key to enter through the front door. After getting inside, you will need a unique key to get into either of the rooms. So, even if you have gotten access to the room, you will need to ask for permission again to get into somewhere else.

This way, Zero Trust aids an IT organization to operate and protect each of their cloud-based network modules in a proper manner. This sublime shift to basic security function can not only help you to prevent the outside attackers but also flush out the insiders.


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What are the Advantages of Zero Trust Security?

The Zero Trust system is one of the rare security modules available out there, which guarantees to prevent cyberattacks. According to an expert in the field, Michael Hornby, it can be even more efficient than an AI-based software program. So, let’s quickly check through its advantages to learn more about the module properly.

  1. Ideal for Remote Working Environment

Unlike most other security modules available out there, Zero Trust can offer secure and safe remote access to almost every user. It is, in truth, much more superior than a VPN system, which can cater to the users only at a single location. Moreover, it provides too much network access as well, which, in turn, can prompt security issues.

Conversely, with Zero Trust, you can make the network system of your organization a little bit more lucid and dynamic without affecting its security. For instance, with it, you can create access policies on the basis of attributes and identities rather than relying upon IP addresses.

Moreover, it offers the ability to modify privileges and isolate crucial systems to make your whole infrastructure more scalable. Thus, the members of your organization can become much more efficient and resilient to cyberattacks.

Besides, Zero Trust also offers superior control over the cloud-computing system, which is the prime point behind remote working. It aids with almost any audit-related procedure and improves the overall agility even more.

  1. Easier Integration

If your organization is not using a cloud-based system, then you probably already have a wide array of private servers and networks. So, if you wanted to integrate any other security module on it, then you might have had to go through a lot of different procedures.

However, it does not happen in the case of the Zero Trust system. It is quite easy to implement and integrate. Moreover, it also has a flexible base. So, it can complement almost anything and offer a transparent and seamless authentication procedure.

  1. Unparalleled Security

As mentioned before, Zero Trust’s ability to provide security is pretty unique and excellent in its own accord. It does so by dividing your organization’s network system and does not let anyone else enter another server without authentication. This, in turn, can eliminate both internal and external security risks quite efficiently.


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Why Should You Implement ZTNA alongside ARCON?

The ZTNA framework, indeed, can be ideal for protecting the network system of an IT organization and assess the risks properly. However, if you wish to protect the whole environment properly, then it alone will not be enough for you. Aside from it, you will need to use something else too. In this aspect, nothing would be better than the Privileged Management System of ARCON.

The module was specifically designed to integrate with ZTNA sublimely and improve its overall performance. Moreover, it can protect some of your crucial profiles all by itself once you have installed them correctly. The PAM solution has three layers of security checking component, which includes – MFA and Adaptive Authentication (such as location check and device check).

It prevents an identity to access classified systems of your network unless he or she has the desired level of trust. You can establish the same through the overall connection time and usage of data. Just like the ZTNA framework, PAM, too, helps an organization to operate remotely and without using a VPN. Thus, in essence, they complement each other perfectly.

 

Conclusion

The time to retool and re-establish the security system in a unique way to prevent cyberattacks has come. Using the conventional methods, especially in this aspect, is not going to be ideal at all. So, instead, you will need to opt for something sophisticated and adequate, like PAM and ZTNA, to bolster your network environment. Hopefully, you will succeed in it. Good luck!

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