We live in a world where data breaches are increasingly commonplace and viewed as some of the top global risks.
With some estimates of the average total cost of a data breach reaching $3.86 million in 2020, it’s no surprise that adopting a security framework built around the concept of never trust, always verify is gaining traction.
The evolving threat landscape isn’t the only reason interest in Zero Trust has spiked, though. Accelerated digital transformation, rapid adoption of a cloud-first approach, and the pandemic-induced shift to remote work have all led security-minded organizations to realize a perimeter-based security approach no longer works.
Adopting a Zero Trust Mindset? Start With Asset Management for Cybersecurity
As network infrastructure becomes more complex and data security becomes a business imperative, adopting a Zero Trust security model can help organizations effectively secure devices, apps, users, and data — regardless of location.
Not trusting anything by default, starting with the network, helps organizations protect the integrity and security of their assets and data, strengthening their cybersecurity posture.
But the path to implementing a Zero Trust security model can be difficult. It requires careful planning and buy-in across business units.
Implementation often begins with figuring out what you’re trying to protect (assets, data, apps, and services). Visibility is a key principle of the Zero Trust security model. In fact, in our Zero Trust episode of The Great Debate webinar series, speaker Craig Goodwin of Cyvatar.ai hinted at the importance of figuring out the basics like asset management before embarking on a Zero Trust journey.
A good understanding of the devices in your environment is the first step in your Zero Trust journey environment — because you can’t protect what you can’t see or understand.
Here are some other steps to follow when implementing a Zero Trust security model:
- Distinguish between managed and unmanaged devices
- Discover and address gaps in security solution coverage
- Ensure proper access rights by establishing ongoing user access auditing
- Implement security policy validation to ensure nothing is being missed
If you regularly read our blog, you already know how cybersecurity asset management can help you implement the steps listed above.
For those unfamiliar with the term cybersecurity asset management, here’s a quick overview:
Cybersecurity asset management entails obtaining an accurate inventory of your IT assets, continually validating every asset’s adherence to an organization’s overall security policy, and creating automatic, triggered actions whenever an asset deviates from that security policy.
A cybersecurity asset management platform provides a unified view of all your assets, users, vulnerabilities, and more. It provides you with the much needed visibility in today’s complex IT environment, and helps you along your Zero Trust journey by:
- Connecting to your existing security and IT management solutions via adapters, and then collecting and correlating information about assets to create a comprehensive view of all devices in your environment
- Identifying unmanaged devices so you can distinguish between devices that should and shouldn’t be managed
- Helping you understand which devices are missing security solution coverage, so necessary actions can be taken
- Creating alerts to notify staff or other solutions when something deviates from the security policy
- Helping extract additional contextual information about devices and users