Top Tips for a Strong Zero Trust Architecture

A zero trust architecture reduces a network's attack surface and lowers the risk of a data breach. Here are some tips when implementing such an architecture.

Bob Wallace, Contributor

November 2, 2023

2 Min Read
Top Tips for a Strong Zero Trust Architecture
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Understanding Zero Trust Architecture

Zero trust is a high-level strategy that assumes that individuals, devices, and services that are attempting to access company resources, even those inside the network, cannot implicitly be trusted. To enhance security, these users are verified every time they request access, even if they were authenticated earlier.

1. What is Zero Trust Architecture?

Zero trust focuses on protecting resources (assets, services, workflows, network accounts, etc.), not network segments, as the network location is no longer seen as the prime component of the security posture of the resource.

2. What are the Benefits of Zero Trust Architecture?

Zero trust security reduces the attack surface and risk of a data breach, provides granular access control over cloud and container environments, and mitigates the impact and severity of successful attacks, thus reducing cleanup time and cost. 

3. What Is the Zero Trust Architecture Model?

Zero trust architecture is a security architecture built to reduce a network's attack surface, prevent lateral movement of threats, and lower the risk of a data breach based on the zero-trust security model. Such a model puts aside the traditional "network perimeter"—inside of which all devices and users are trusted and given broad permissions—in favor of least-privileged access controls, granular micro-segmentation, and multi-factor authentication (MFA).

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4. Zero Trust Architecture and the Modern Workplace

Zero trust architecture security is especially well-suited to the hybrid workplace, which can be a mix of internal users, remote offices, employees working from home as well as mobile users. And it covers everyone – every time each attempt to reach corporate computing resources.

5. Understanding the Zero Trust Approach to Security

A zero trust platform consolidates many previously distinct technology solutions. They include Zero Trust Network Access, Secure Web Gateway, DNS Filtering, Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), and more into one natively integrated platform.

6. Moving Towards Zero Trust Architecture

You must accept that remote access to crucial resources exposes your organization to a wide array of potential paralyzing cyber-attacks, including those that come from unmanaged devices on non-secure networks. The overarching goal is to secure endpoints, networks, and applications to prevent breaches and strengthen your security position.

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About the Author(s)

Bob Wallace

Contributor, Network Computing

A veteran business and technology journalist, Bob Wallace has covered networking, telecom, and video strategies for global media outlets such as IDG and UBM. He has specialized in identifying and analyzing trends in enterprise and service provider use of enabling technologies. Most recently, Bob has focused on developments at the intersection of technology and sports. A native of Massachusetts, he lives in Ashland. 

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