Forrester considers Zero Trust Edge as the next big thing after sliced bread and even Dorito Tacos. Yes, you read that right! Zero Trust Edge is supposed to be the next big technological advancement after the public cloud. That’s how big the buzz is, that revolves around this.
We have been using the internet for years now. First of all, security was never on the mind of the creators of the internet. Over the years, the internet has become a malicious home to the vitriolic and the vermin. The Internet was supposed to be safe and commonplace for learning for everyone. Though it has partly succeeded in being an informative and useful channel of growth, a large part remains unchallenged.
This part right here is where the attackers harm individuals, companies, businesses, and governments. Cybersecurity has always been an issue, on which most technologists have successfully turned a blind eye for the past 25 years. Weak and temporary solutions have only worsened network and online security.
In fact, as per a report from the India Times Group, India has seen a rise of almost 37 per cent in cyberattacks in the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the previous one. The outdated security solution that places its trust upon everything inside the organization’s network is safe is finally being challenged.
What is Forrester Zero Trust Edge?
Enter Forrester Zero Trust Edge. This model has proven itself to be a lifesaver to the organizations’ workers working from remote locations and the organizations’ physical location. Developed by John Kindervag, the then vice president and senior research analyst at Forrester Research, Zero Trust Edge uses something called the Zero Trust Edge Access that authenticates and authorizes users and their network as they connect to it.
For example, if the client is accessing Office 365, they are safely tunnelled through the internet to the destination without touching any bad part on the internet.
Forrester Zero Trust works on the principle of ‘never trust, always verify. This model very tactfully protects modern environments that are digitized from malicious lateral movement, online harmful threats, unauthorized user-control access to the organization’s network, and many more. It provides Layer 7 protection for threat preventing and leverage network segmentation. It represents the network traffic into granular segments and adds in extra layers of protection and inspection on who, why, where, what, and when. It uses micro-segmentation.
People are getting more and more anxious about Zero Trust and SASE (Secure Access Services Edge. Pronounced as ‘sassy’). A lot of companies are wondering if they should consider this model while updating their firewalls. Forrester has tried to clear it out.
Who should be the winner: Tactics or Strategy?
The pandemic and lockdown situation has forced the organizations to the edge. These organizations have been restlessly searching for solutions trying to secure their remote workforce. To survive and continue working the organizations bought VPN licenses left and right. However, soon they realized it was a temporary solution to the problem.
With ZTE in the talks, organizations are approaching the model for a full-proof and long-term solution.
ZTE vendors introduce their ZTNA as their primary security service when approached by the organizations. However, as the organizations dig deeper and finally think something concrete, they realize there are so many more security options to explore. ZTE has their attention now.
Shortly when more and more security technologies are made available and will be officially added to the vendor’s stack of services, organizations will turn towards ZTE to safely transmit their network traffic. ZTE is equipped to carry and pass the network traffic of these organizations with safety and security. However, transitioning from using software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) to ZTE. Here the co-ordination and work between the network and security team are of the essence.
Everyone is still figuring out how the ZTE model will benefit their organization and talking to their security provider about the same.
Using Zero Trust:
Zero Trust cannot be used at a single location. It has to be implemented across your whole organizational digital environment. Users and their networks are wide-spread. They are in constant need of the right and safe data everywhere.
Implementing Zero Trust is often considered to be very expensive and the process to be very complex. However, Zero Trust doesn’t have separate products, they work with the already existing technology in your organization.
It works great with some of these technologies and it doesn’t work well with some. Achieving Zero trust in your environment is quite easy.
- Identify the protected surface.
- Follow and map out the flow of the transaction.
- Build a Zero Trust architecture.
- Create the Zero Trust Edge policy.
- Maintain and monitor regularly.
So, the Zero Trust Edge model is still in its early stages and a new concept of network security for the organization. But the clear first step is, ZTE is capable of dealing with the most urgent and tactical issue- the issue of the remote workforce. So, Let’s just go ahead with it for now. Next, we will deal with the network with this model. And finally, move on to and address bigger security problems with it. ZTE is more than capable of providing everyone with safe and optimum solutions to their network and internet-related problems. Multi-factor authentication and Behavioural biometrics will aid ZTE.
It isn’t far when all the retailers, remote users and offices, retail branches, data centres, and so on are connected to this ZTE network and will take advantage of its Zero Trust solutions to monitor, secure, and authenticate connections and networks through the internet and online public clouds safely. The most important part to remember is that Zero Trust does not make doesn’t make a system or environment trusted but eliminates threats by constant inspection.
Forrester has further answered doubts about the Zero Trust in their renowned report ‘Introducing The Zero Trust Edge Model For Security And Network Services’.
Now that you know what’s up with the Zero Trust Security and SASE allow us to guide you further into its domain. We at Instasafe, use the much-famed SDP (Software Defined Perimeters) to authenticate and authorize users to only those business applications and functions that they are supposed to reach. Apart from this, we use Zero Trust Security to facilitate safe and sound solutions for your remote workforce. Every cyberthreat and attack vector is dealt with by us without reaching you. So, come and start your ZTE journey with us