What is Lateral movement?
Lateral movement is when attackers gain access to one part of the network and then navigate across the network leaving the entire network vulnerable. In this blog, we will explore more on lateral movement in cybersecurity, its impact and prevention.
Once inside the network, hackers can launch phishing attacks or malware attacks which can spread fast to gain control of the entire network. With network lateral movement, hackers can stay idle and take time to understand the entire network before launching the attack. Most companies detect their network is compromised much later, and by the time they act on it, the damage would have already been done. The path taken by the hacker is known as Lateral Movement Paths (LMPs).
To restrict the lateral movement cyber attack, Zero Trust solution can be effective to contain the lateral movement. Some of the key features of Zero Trust include:
Microsegmentation is a network security practice that creates secure zones within data center environments by segmenting application workloads into intelligent groupings and securing them individually.
Microsegmentation can assist in preventing cybersecurity attacks in lateral movement since it aligns with the principles of Zero Trust Security, which enforces proper authorization and validation for limited access to applications, data, or systems.
2. Least Privilege Access
Users get access to resources on a “Need to Know basis”. Users with authorized devices get access to authorized applications. IT administrators can set granular access controls for users.
3. Multi Factor Authentication
Multi factor authentication provides an extra layer of authentication alongside username and password for security against lateral movement attacks. Second level authentication can be OTP over SMS / Email, TOTP or push notifications.
Zero Trust can contain the spread of lateral movement security attacks.Even if a user or his device is compromised and gets access to one part of the network, the hacker will not be able to spread across the entire network. Visit our official website today to learn more about InstaSafe’s Zero Trust Security solutions.