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Why a Zero Trust Security Model is Needed
New business initiatives and processes have created new attack surfaces, and a corporate security perimeter no longer makes sense. Applications, users, and devices are moving outside, dissolving what was once the trusted enterprise perimeter. Protection is now needed where applications and data, and users and devices, are.
Users, devices, applications, and data are moving outside of the enterprise perimeter and zone of control.
New business processes driven by digital transformation increase risk exposure.
“Trust but verify” is no longer an option, as targeted, advanced threats are moving inside the corporate perimeter.
Traditional perimeters are complex, increase risk, and are no longer compatible with today’s business models.
Common IT Challenges
Network Trust and Malware
The old mantra of “inside = trusted” is an antiquated concept as network breaches continue to soar. Companies must evolve to a “never trust, always verify” zero trust model to secure against the wide variety of threats that exist and are constantly evolving.
Complexity and IT Resources
Enterprise access and security is complex … and changing. Providing secure application access often takes days and requires touching multiple hardware and software components from multiple vendors. And more enterprise apps are SaaS and IaaS, which adds another layer of requirements. Ensuring network security requires specialized knowledge and IT time for reviewing alerts. Multiply this across multiple environments — and often, multiple regions — and the problems magnify quickly. But it doesn’t need to be this complex.
Poor User Experience
User experience is often a trade-off that comes with having multiple layers of security, or an application delivery platform that doesn’t meet the requirements of a global, distributed user base. This results in unproductive workers, application adoption loss, and extra work for IT with increased help desk tickets. Strong security doesn’t need to come with compromise.
How to Start Your Zero Trust Security Journey
Move to a least-privilege application access model
If you opt for a simple VPN setup, you probably do what many companies do — you allow logged-in users to have IP-level access to your entire network. We know how dangerous this is. Why should call center employees have IP access to source code repositories? Or why should a contractor using your billing system have access to the credit card processing terminals? Access should be to just those applications needed in order to perform a role.
Get an access solution that
Protect against targeted threats when users are on or off network
What protects your users from becoming unwitting bad actors through malware infections? Prevention and detection of targeted threats such as malware, phishing, ransomware, and command and control are crucial for outbound traffic.
Get a threat protection solution that
Improve your end-user experience
A zero trust security architecture should not come at the expense of simplicity, user productivity, or experience.
Get an application delivery solution that
Enable a zero trust architecture model with Akamai
As the classic approach to enterprise security is no longer viable, businesses must shift to meet their users, applications, and data where they live — today, that means the cloud, as it offers increased and improved flexibility, collaboration, connectivity, and performance. Akamai has been a cloud-native company since our inception in 1998. Akamai is built on three fundamental pillars that differentiate us from other zero trust solution providers: our unmatched platform, our trusted brand, and our expertise.