Tackling Zero Trust
If you asked your team to work from home (WFH) in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it might be challenging to provide a comprehensive WFH security and environment. You are not alone, if so. The good news is that Zero Confidence approaches and methods recently established will help you address these challenges.
When we work with people to safely manage this tough time, we can see that others face similar obstacles when trying to expand their remote workforce swiftly.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) Issues.
Many businesses realize that the growing WFH workers overpower their VPN infrastructure, creating bottlenecks, and sluggish user response times. Although increased VPN capacity appears to be a logical solution, it is not that simple. It is probably a costly, complicated, and time-consuming exercise but still an important one considering the IT data security.
Another common issue is that WFH users accessing their company’s private network through VPN gain excessively limited access rights and privileges because VPN users do not fully support internal network segmentation. For instance, an employee who should rather only have access to marketing systems may also be allowed to access accounting systems, which amplifies the security risks.
Businesses having migrated apps to cloud, or SaaS ecosystems may be less prone to these issues, as users are often able to access applications safely without a VPN. However, many of these organizations are shocked by how many of their WFH users still require VPN to access on-premises legacy systems.
WFH employees also continue to use Multi-Factor Authentication mechanisms (MFA) or certificates that are not required in the workplace. Most organizations aim to offer these resources to remote users, coupled with training and technical support that addresses ongoing operational queries to ensure data protection and data security.
Addressing WFH Challenges
Many companies see WFH as a temporary solution and see WFH as an equally provisional task. But some modern businesses consider work from data security an integral element of their business strategy. The challenges for these businesses illustrated by recent rises in WFH operations are a wake-up call and an indicator of the need to change.
One potential solution is to speed up cloud and SaaS applications, which can help to address work from home challenges effectively. It, however, is a big undertaking that requires improvements in business processes and technology integration. We suggest implementing Single Sign-On (SSO) and MFA frameworks to ensure proper WFH security of cloud and SaaS applications. None of this can be done immediately, and this method does not directly tackle existing and assumption systems.
Understanding the Concept of Zero Trust
The Zero Trust principle turns out to be one of the most sought-after approaches to Work from Home Security and other remote protection issues. The main aim is to avoid relying or, in other words, to treat any device as untrustworthy hosts on trusted networks and zones. It typically involves equipping your business with modern, unified systems to verify all members’ identities, whether in the workplace, at home, or anywhere else in the world. Zero Trust depends upon the use of risk-based authentication mechanisms to verify user identities that can resolve WFH security challenges directly.
User authentication starts with endpoint validation, where the local agents or customer-based certificates validate endpoints. This prevents unauthorized and unidentified systems from being linked to the valuable application and data tools of an organization that most often compromises the IT data security.
Dynamic authentication is vital to the security of these new protocols and to ensure preserving a risk-based authentication. With communication mechanisms being re-authenticated and authenticated step by step, businesses will automatically respond to non-standard user activity sessions without needing to be monitored by the SOC or support desk teams.
Benefits of Zero Trust
Improved WFH Security:
The ultimate advantage of Zero Confidence is the increased security, which comes from the use of standardized tools to prove identity, rights of access, and privileges of all users irrespective of their devices or networks.
Enabling Cost Saving by Plummeting VPN Use:
Zero Trust significantly reduces traditional VPN connections, which are only needed for legacy systems that do not support Zero Trust capabilities. Lowering the VPN network will contribute towards cost savings, enhancement of user response times, and better management of access rights and privileges to resolve WFH challenges.
Use centralized tools to check user identities, access rights, and privileges. It will dramatically reduce the time required to onboard new staff, alter or eliminate rights and privileges as employee roles change, and erase user ids as people leave.
Active Link Control:
With its unified approach to handling all connection processes, Zero Confidence allows more useful and reliable link control, saving the staff time. This also facilitates detecting link anomalies that can enhance the response to external threats.
Easy User Audits:
The auditing of user access is easy and efficient since a single point manages every connection.
These advantages of a zero-trust environment are not only a great help in solving WFH problems, but it offers significant benefits in all working environments within the business environment.
Leveraging ExpandForce Expertise
For those businesses looking to leap towards the Zero Trust, and better address the help WFH challenges, talk to ExpandForce Experts.
We have a dedicated team of security experts to guide you through the process and tailoring the Zero Trust Solutions as per your business needs.