The idea of zero trust has been around for a while, but it’s not always clear what it means. A new approach to network security is designed to address that confusion. The term is confusing because there are two different meanings. Here’s what they mean and why they matter.
It is a security architecture model that focuses on who and what is accessing the system, not where it is located. This specific architecture model is based on the idea that any user or device accessing the system should be treated as a potential threat.
In this context, “zero trust” means all users are untrusted by default, regardless of their position within an organization.
Here is what Zscaler experts say about the security framework, “Establishing a zero trust architecture requires visibility and control over the environment’s users and traffic, including that which is encrypted; monitoring and verification of traffic between parts of the environment; and strong multifactor authentication (MFA) methods beyond passwords, such as biometrics or one-time codes.”
The traditional model is no longer working. It was too expensive, insecure, and it’s not scalable.
Security architecture models are designed to protect your data and information from attacks, but they’re expensive, complicated, hard to implement and maintain, and don’t scale well in the cloud. So what happens when you want to scale up and out
When you look at how this security architecture model works, it’s not too different from how other security models work. However, some key differences make this approach so powerful. These include:
- Identify and authenticate users
- Monitor user behavior
- Perform risk assessments
Another critical component of security is identity and access management (IAM). This helps to ensure that only authorized users have access to data, resources, or applications within the environment. Other aspects of IAM include:
- Identity provisioning;
- User lifecycle management;
- User self-service
The security framework differs from the traditional security model, where trust is based on location. For example, if you’re in a secure room, you can access anything within that room. This model assumes that if you’re allowed into a specific area, you should be able to access all of its assets—no matter what they are or who they’re assigned to.
This works well when everyone uses the same system simultaneously: everyone enters their password before gaining access to specific data sets. The problem arises when someone loses their device or leaves their company for another. So how do we know who has access to what?
The security framework model is based on identity rather than location, instead of allowing whoever enters an isolated space onto its network without additional verification steps being taken first. It requires additional authentication before granting access privileges beyond those granted by location alone—and even then, only for as long as necessary until proper authentication occurs again later when needed! This model of network security focuses on who, not where. It uses this concept to determine how to grant access to applications, data, and other resources. This approach has many benefits for organizations with multiple teams working with diverse data sets. In addition, it provides them with more efficient ways to accomplish their tasks without compromising the integrity of information across all departments within an enterprise.