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Zero Trust Network – What Is IT?

With National Cybersecurity Awareness Month upon us, we take a look at some of the essentials your business needs to know to guarantee its cyber safety. One of these core concepts is the Zero Trust Network.

A Zero Trust Network, or ZTN, is a type of security model that aims to shut down any potential data breaches before they occur. It achieves this by requiring all users to verify their identity before accessing the network. No matter whether you’re in or out of the organization’s network, you’ll be required to verify your identity before being allowed access to the data. This builds upon the IT belief of “never trust, always verify”, as it ensures that no matter if an outside party is trying to brute force their way in or use one of your member’s credentials, they won’t be able to verify and confirm the login. 

The ZTN framework ensures that your business can safely store confidential information and vital data without fear. It directly tackles the constant issues modern businesses are facing from work from home & hybrid workplace environments to the omnipresent ransomware attack. 

How Does The Zero Trust Network Work?

The ZTN framework includes a risk-based multi-factor authentication system that verifies the identity of both users and systems through technologies such as multi-factor authentication, identity protection & verification tools, state-of-the-art endpoint security, and advanced cloud-based workload technology to 100% verify a user/system before providing access to sensitive data. 

What Are The Core Concepts Of A ZTN?

Multi-Factor Authentication: Multi-factor Authentication requires more than just a user’s password. Instead of just entering in the usual email/username and password, they will also be required to take one or more steps to fully authenticate. An example would include Google’s two-step authentication, which requires a passcode through their authenticator application before allowing the user access. 

Constant Validation: A core tenant of any ZTN, users are consistently required to validate and verify their identity when accessing the network regardless of title or level. THE ZTN assumes that nobody is an ally unless fully verified and there are cyber attackers on the inside and outside of a company. Users will periodically be logged out and forced to log in again to ensure no unauthorized access.

Lowest Level Of Clearance: The Zero Trust Network instills least-level access. Users will only be granted access depending on the level provided, rather than allowing users to access whatever they want when actively within the network. 

Segmentation: Segmentation is the process of breaking the network within specific security parameters. This allows for access to one portion of the network while keeping them contained from other areas that they don’t have access to. This also prevents lateral movements by attackers attempting to make their way towards information from one entry point to another. Rather than have direct access to it, they’re confined within the segment they have access to and can be quickly thwarted before causing further havoc. 

Implementing a Zero Trust Network may seem far too complex, but you don’t have to do it alone. Lockdown your data today with NXT GEN Technologies. We have the experts necessary to properly and efficiently get your team set up and ready to go. Contact us today for a free on-site evaluation by calling us at (866) 995-3399.

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