“Won’t a zero trust strategy stifle my organization’s workflow and frustrate everyone?” It’s a common question for those who have focused on all the potential negative outcomes of establishing a zero trust strategy in the workplace.
Adopting a zero trust approach does create some new hoops to jump through. Whereas users may have previously enjoyed unrestricted access, they may find that they can only use the resources they need to complete tasks associated with their jobs. But it’s important to weigh the advantages of restricting access.
While it’s true that zero trust requires more thorough communication between people, systems, and data, if everything is lined up correctly, productivity won’t be a problem. The only time there will be complaints about access is within organizations that didn’t plan correctly and have misaligned devices, systems, and access controls.
Multifactor authentication (MFA) isn’t impervious to intrusion, but it is considered by many security teams to be a critical policy for keeping bad actors out. When you want to restrict access to specific areas of your system or specific pieces of data, an MFA is a simple and easy way to put up a line of defense.
Many cyber criminals have perfected password-attack strategies, which means that if your system is still set on having users enter a unique password to gain access – which for too many users is “password” – there’s a good chance a cyber criminal targeting you will find a way in, even if the password is more complex. By implementing MFA, you’re going to remove that risk factor.
Eyeballing Your Risks
Are you using manual processes to monitor your data? Although many organizations have completed or are moving toward a complete adoption of digitization, there are too many organizations that are putting off more automated and AI-influenced means of monitoring data. This is something cyber security experts have implemented in their zero trust strategies, introducing improved clarity regarding traffic, how it’s policed, and how suspicious activity is flagged.
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Safari Solutions brings clarity to clients who are invested in improving their position with zero trust initiatives. Contact us to learn more about how we can reduce your security burden and deliver the solutions your organization needs for today and your future growth.