Zero Trust Security Adoption Matures as Enterprise Perimeters Fade

  • The cost of cybercrimewhich is expected to reach $10.5 trillion by 2025, is growing at an alarming rate.
  • Zero trust adoption will continue to mature through 2022, with 78% of companies planning to strengthen zero trust security operations.
  • Advanced Zero Trust Architecture helps ensure business agility and successful digital transformation.

For a very long time, network perimeters have remained the epicenter of enterprise security. All efforts have been focused on securing the perimeter, and centered on the idea that anything inside a secure “perimeter” is trustworthy. This made sense in an age where all data, applications, people and devices that accessed that data resided within the perimeter.

However, in the modern corporate world, this is an alarmingly outdated approach. Today, the conventional perimeter has faded or rather expanded beyond the on-site corporate network. In a world of digital interactions, zero trust security has continued to grow.

Data resides virtually everywhere in a digital business. A highly mobile workforce accesses data through various devices and networks, from cafes to airports to hotels. Smart connected devices are deployed across your entire corporate network. It’s time to burst the security perimeter bubble.

Originally conceptualized by Forrester, the Zero Trust security approach is now one of the top priorities of information security managers or CISOs around the world. Zero Trust adoption will continue to mature through 2022, with 78% of organizations planning to strengthen Zero Trust security operations, according to Forrester – Illumino research.

Find the right balance

The idea that nothing – inside or outside the perimeter – should be trusted or verified was fundamentally inspired by the collective experience of conventional security approaches that frequently fail.

As cyberattacks become more sophisticated and frequent, the zero-trust model is expected to become the new security standard. As a leading industry expert rightly said, “zero trust is going to be the new cloud.”

Because, like any evolving model or technology, there is currently a lot of excitement and a bit of confusion around zero-trust security. Much like the cloud, organizations are realizing that zero trust isn’t a matter of if, but when.

Beyond combating growing cyberattacks, an advanced zero-trust program is the key factor in ensuring business agility and successful cloud and digital programs for enterprises.

Embracing zero trust security isn’t really about deploying a few security tools and mechanisms. This requires an organization to take a holistic view of its security systems and implement a comprehensive strategy that spans technology systems, processes, people and culture. At the same time, an organization should revisit how it has so far approached network visibility, access, cloud workload protection, and endpoint protection.

The cost of cybercrime

The cost of cybercrime is expected to reach $10.5 trillion by 2025, according to the latest version of the 2022 Cybersecurity Almanac from Cisco/Cybersecurity Ventures, which is a startling increase from the $6 trillion figure. dollars in 2021. This despite increasing security budgets. Year after year.

Despite its visible benefits, deploying zero trust security is not without its challenges. Skill shortages and lack of stakeholder buy-in are challenges that security managers must address. With the traditional security approach of the castle and the moat becoming
pastzero trust is emerging as the enterprise security model without a perimeter.

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