In the world of cybersecurity, Zero Trust Security is widely viewed as one of the most effective approaches to security because it removes the concept of trust from the equation altogether. Delinea’s Zero Trust Security model in particular leverages identity services to secure every user’s access to applications and infrastructure, based on the assumption that untrusted actors already exist both inside and outside the network.
And so with this in mind, we’re taking a look at five best practices for implementing Zero Trust Security within your organisation that are highly recommended:
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for User Verification
The days of relying solely on passwords for user verification are long gone. In today’s digital world, credentials can easily be compromised through phishing, malware attacks, or by purchasing them off the dark web. That’s why it’s essential to fortify user credentials with MFA, which can use something you have, something you know, or something you are for additional verification.
It’s crucial to apply MFA to all types of users, including end-users, privileged users, outsourced IT, partners, and customers. Organizations should also require additional verification layers to authenticate users attempting to access the most sensitive data or elevate privilege.
Just like users, devices cannot be trusted without verification. To achieve Zero Trust Security, identity-centric controls must be extended to the endpoint. Every device used to access corporate resources must be enrolled to be recognized and verified. Delinea’s mobile device management solution provides a self-service enrollment process that requires minimal administrative overhead and supports all popular mobile devices with automated certificate enrollment to secure access to Exchange, VPN, and Wi-Fi.
Ensuring Devices Meet Security Standards
Proper device verification also means ensuring that the devices meet the company’s policies around disk encryption, virus protection, up-to-date patches, and other security requirements. You should be able to easily track and enforce the status of all devices across the enterprise.
Organizing users by group or role allows you to set up device policies based on business needs, ensuring that only appropriate, authorized applications are installed on devices. It’s also essential to have automated de-provisioning when user accounts are disabled or deleted, as well as the ability to wipe, lock, and un-enroll lost or stolen devices.
Least Access and Least Privilege for IT and All Users
Admin privileges are a hot target for criminals looking to access your environment and data. Admin privileges should be strictly managed, with movement within the infrastructure limited, and access granted only to resources necessary to perform job functions. This practice applies to all types of users, not just privileged users.
Use a Solution that Learns and Adapts
Today’s leading identity management solutions collect information about the user, endpoint, application, server, policies, and all activities related to them, and feed that information into a data pool that enables machine learning. Delinea leverages behavior analytics to recognize unusual behaviors such as accessing resources from unusual locations to assign a risk score that’s used to make adaptive, dynamic decisions about granting access and privileges.
Delinea Zero Trust Security
Delinea provides integrated identity services across apps, endpoints, and infrastructure for all users, without sacrificing best-of-breed features. While organizations can consider implementing IDaaS, MFA, EMM, PAM, and UBA technologies from separate vendors, Delinea’s solution provides a more comprehensive and cost-effective approach to Zero Trust Security. By adopting Delinea’s solution, organizations can ensure they are implementing the best practices for achieving Zero Trust Security.
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