How to implement Zero-Trust with NordLayer
Distributed and hybrid workforce can result in complex and hard to control environments that put an organization’s data and resources at risk. Simultaneously ensuring network compliance with the security requirements, the Zero Trust approach helps to enable a modern, effective yet straightforward protection model to ensure no loose ends were left exposed to threats.
A Zero Trust principle law to “trust none, verify all” on every attempt to connect to a network lies within the NordLayer remote access solution design. It allows the installation of security switches to the core aspects of a business network — users, devices, data, and applications to establish secured environments.
Zero Trust principle guidelines
An inclusive set of rules of the Zero Trust model suggest a breakdown of an entire enterprise network into smaller segments to gain a clear overview of infrastructure activities and possible breach management.
For maintenance of security levels, precise actions must implement limited access to dedicated resources, enforce data protection policies, and continuous endpoint authentication to cover six core pillars that define Zero Trust scope. Enabling security measures on each component aids organizational defense lines to identify, control, and mitigate internal and external threats to a business network.
Secure identity with Zero Trust
The baseline playing a critical role in the Zero Trust environment is authentication and validation of every endpoint — user, device, or service — that tries to connect to protected company resources and applications, limiting the potential of data leakage. Trusting distributed hybrid workforces achieves a secure company network by enabling Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) policy.
These features will help you secure identities:
Secure devices with Zero Trust
Verified identity is a mitigated risk that can lead to another potential threat — endpoints, where privileged data is moving, can be corrupted. At the same time, device variety within a company network raises exposure to third-party imposed threats. Zero Trust enforced device policy to monitor device health status helps to detect security breaches in real-time.
This feature will help you secure devices:
Secure access to applications with Zero Trust
Applications run on various platforms and environments within legacy, hybrid, or cloud perimeters — Zero Trust mindset helps minimize risk potential. Therefore, managing and configuring access permissions, monitoring traffic flow, and analyzing deviations from normal user behavior support the protection of company applications.
These features will help you secure applications:
Secured data with Zero Trust
One of the primary goals of implementing security measures is to protect company data as it is a common target during cyber attacks. Restricted and verified-only access is a secure approach to protecting classified information. However, data must be labeled and segmented for a layered and complex security grid over a limited-exposure network for thorough Zero Trust implementation.
This feature will help you secure applications:
Secure networks with Zero Trust
Cloud servers are suitable to cache an entire network infrastructure from being discovered — even though in the event of an attack, military-grade end-to-end encryption limits cyber attackers’ capacity to access and move within a company network. The Zero Trust model also implies that the categorization of user credentials permits managing traffic flow and gives control over who and how excessively data and resources are available for predefined roles within a network.
These features will help you secure networks:
- AES256 Network Encryption
- Credential categorization/classification
- Diskless servers
Visibility, automation, and orchestration with Zero Trust
Zero Trust model integration to infrastructure is viable only via comprehensive implementation across core infrastructure elements — identities, devices, applications, data, and networks — enabling an effective end-to-end trust system. Visibility over suspicious behavior, access authentication, and data management create proper conditions for a trust-based work-frame, which is fundamental for automation of monitoring processes, early detection of threats, and analysis of action-required improvements for business continuity.
This feature will help with the Zero Trust approach integration over processes:
- Activity monitoring
Zero Trust defined features mitigate the potential of human error and malicious activities by creating trust-based boundaries within a company infrastructure. Elimination of procedural slips and launching predefined roles and rules results in a layered security system to protect company data. It increases the response rate of automated alerts for detected risks aiding IT admin workload and providing knowledge over network status.
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