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Where to Start with
Zero Trust Security

An actionable guide to less risk

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Zero Trust Security: Where to Start and What to Consider

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How to Implement Zero Trust

Deployment of new architectures should be simple and able to be executed in phases over time. It would be rare for a company to convert its entire infrastructure overnight. As Zero Trust security itself is a strategy, so too is its deployment. The best approach to reaching a Zero Trust framework is to start with a single use case, or a vulnerable user group, for validation of the model. Below are the most common ways we have seen customers begin their transition to a Zero Trust security architecture.

How to Guide: Zero Trust Security Transformation

Adopt Identity-Aware Access

Implementing a Zero Trust Access model should be a core component of your security transformation. Not sure where to start? We recommend focusing on a few pain points or user groups.

Multi-Cloud Environment

Multi-Cloud Environment

Using multiple clouds for your corporate applications — private, public, and hybrid — can reduce costs, enable flexibility, and accelerate digital transformation. But a multi-cloud reality also creates complexity and a lack of visibility, exposing your organization to risk.

Expanding User Ecosystem

Expanding User Ecosystem

Your third-party contractors, partners, suppliers, remote workers, and even newly acquired users from mergers and acquisitions all benefit — even accelerate — your business. But provisioning access for this varied and fluid ecosystem introduces risk, increases costs, and creates complexity.

VPN Elimination

VPN Elimination

Your mobile workforce and cloud-based applications are at odds with your legacy and appliance-based access solutions. Traditional VPNs, proxies, and RDPs drive up operational costs, monopolize already-scarce IT resources, and open your business to risk.

Edge-delivered, identity-aware access can tackle each of these use cases, empowering you to deliver applications to users whenever and wherever they need it — securely.

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Deploy Intelligent Threat Protection

Providing a secure path to resources on the open Internet is vital to enforcing a Zero Trust security framework. This doesn’t need to be daunting. You can start with a single pain point or vulnerability.

Increasing Threat Landscape

Increasing Threat Landscape

Your workforce needs the Internet to do their jobs, but malware, phishing, zero-day threats, and data breaches loom. On-premises security solutions that rely on traditional control points lack the visibility, scalability, intelligence, and real-time response your cloud-first world needs.

Branch Direct Internet Access (DIA)

Branch Direct Internet Access (DIA)

Though DIA meets your SaaS-heavy and cloud-first requirements, it renders your traditional security solutions that depend on central control and inspection obsolete. But replicating your security stacks across users, devices, and geos is expensive, introduces risk, and wastes IT resources.

Guest Wi-Fi and AUP Concerns

Guest Wi-Fi and AUP Concerns

Every day, visitors, customers, suppliers, partners, and employees connect to your networks. All pose a threat — intentional or inadvertent. Without the appropriate visibility and controls, your data, workloads, and devices are at risk and your hard-earned brand reputation is on the line.

Edge-delivered, real-time threat prevention can help you meet these challenges, securing your users, devices, networks, and data — simply.

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What the Experts Say

“Akamai’s Intelligent Edge Platform will support you in your journey to Zero Trust, making it safe, scalable, and easy to manage — delivered entirely from the cloud.”

KuppingerCole’s 2019 Executive View reviewed Akamai’s suite of access management, threat protection, and application security services. See the evaluation.

Additional Resources

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Hear from Akamai’s Security Experts

Read the latest blog posts by our security researchers to learn more about emerging Zero Trust market trends, Akamai’s Zero Trust strategy, and new Zero Trust product offerings.

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The 8 Business and Security Benefits of Zero Trust

Security as usual is bad security — and bad for business. A Zero Trust architecture protects customers while also empowering the business.

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Beyond SD-WAN: Zero Trust Security and the Internet as Corporate WAN

Enable a more efficient, cost-effective, and secure corporate network with a Zero Trust security architecture coupled with a strategy to evolve beyond SD-WAN.

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Moving Beyond Perimeter Security

Written by Akamai CTO Charlie Gero, this paper provides actionable insights about how to transition to a perimeter-less world.

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Hear from Akamai’s Security Experts

Read the latest blogs from Akamai security practitioners to learn more about emerging Zero Trust Access trends, identity-aware access strategies, and new enterprise access product offerings.

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Solutions Page

Learn More About Secure Application Access

Securely deliver the right application, to the right user, at the right time, despite the widely distributed nature of today’s users and applications.

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Application Access Redefined: Managing the Modern Workforce

Users, business environments, and IT are changing. Meet your workforce’s access needs while shrinking your organization’s attack surface with Zero Trust Access.

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The 4 Benefits of VPN Elimination

VPNs were created for the networks and business environment of yesterday. A modern access solution can improve security, reduce IT management, and streamline user experience.

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Hear from Akamai’s Security Experts

Read the latest blogs from Akamai’s security team to learn more about emerging threats, new research, and enterprise threat protection product offerings.

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Learn More About Proactive Protection Against Targeted Threats

Stop threats earlier in the kill chain and protect your users and data from costly attacks.

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White Paper

Phishing Is No Longer Just Email: It’s Social

Phishing remains the largest insider threat that organizations face. Learn more about emerging social phishing tactics and how to secure your business against this evolving threat.

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The Hole in Your Layered Enterprise Security Strategy — and How to Fix It

Deploying a layered enterprise security strategy is integral to adopting Zero Trust. But many companies still fail to secure their users and devices on the open Internet.

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