November 02, 2022
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New Report from 451 Research SP Global Business Makes Case for Simplified Management and Always-On Zero Trust Applications
Modern enterprises face a range of challenges. The economy is volatile, supply chains are delayed, and the global geopolitical environment is uncertain. To make matters worse, the digital landscape is a cybersecurity nightmare – exacerbated by surging cyber threats, the new work-from-anywhere model, and shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The convergence of these macro factors is driving complexity and risk for IT and security teams, leading them to adopt Zero Trust to better defend against disruptive attacks and data breaches.
Defining Zero Trust, Recognizing Challenges
Zero Trust is a security framework that burst onto the cybersecurity field in 2010, when the limited-access approach was recognized as an effective way to defend networks against breaches and attacks. Since then, it has given rise to new technologies and categories that underpin the method. These span Cloud Security Access Brokers (CASB), Secure Access Services Edge (SASE) platforms, micro segmentation, multi-factor authentication tools, VPNs, Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) tools, and endpoint security solutions, just to name a few.
These innovations have proven their value, but have also introduced complexity, as organizations leveraging myriad security and compliance layers are faced with having to independently manage each. For Zero Trust to advance to its full potential, further innovation is needed.
Resilient, Integrated Zero Trust
As Absolute defines it, resilience helps to ensure that your key Zero Trust applications are deployed closest to the user – the endpoint – remain functional, tamper resistant, user friendly, and run at maximum performance levels. When integrated, resilient Zero Trust can be managed with a single hand, further reducing operational complexity and down time. To put it simply, Zero Trust innovations that are integrated and resilient are always on, easy to manage, and don’t trouble your employees.
In Building Resilient Zero-Trust Capabilities, a new Global Business Impact Brief from 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market, the benefits that integrated and resilient Zero Trust delivers in the real world are further explained. According to Principal Research Analyst, Eric Hanselman:
"A resilient zero-trust approach, where device management is an integrated part of access and network elements, can give security teams a consolidated and correlated view of their security posture. It provides visibility and aids understanding of the complete access picture. This can reduce control gaps and the potential for human error. One aspect that is often overlooked is integrated connectivity, needed to function as an anchor for recovery in the event of an incident. With resilient connectivity that is part of the device protection package, self-healing can happen more quickly, getting employees back to productivity faster."
More positive impacts outlined in the report include sustained connectivity and reliability, more efficient security and recovery operations, and reduced productivity loss.
Leverage Essential Layers
Threat actors are advancing their skills and can execute crippling attacks with rapid speed and efficiency. To meet the future and thrive in the new era of remote work and digital transformation, the public and private sectors need to rely on multiple layers of security and compliance to reduce risk as much as possible, as no single solution will close every security gap. Zero Trust should be viewed as essential to any security stack; integration and resilience should be viewed as key to its effectiveness.
Read the Report
To learn more about the positive impact integrated and resilient Zero Trust will bring to your business, download Building Resilient Zero-Trust Capabilities.
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