The What, How and Why of
Zero Trust Cybersecurity
Equal-Opportunity Verification of Credentials, Identities & Permissions
In cybersecurity, organizations should trust no one, whether an insider or an outsider, with unverified access to sensitive IT assets. That’s not to say, of course, that no actor should ever be granted privileged access to network resources, which would obviously be unworkable. Rather, it requires a security scheme that asks users to not only prove that they have login credentials, but also to prove that they are who they say they are and have the authorization to access said resource before entry is granted.
Every organization, of any size or shape, is under constant threat of attack, the consequences of which can be devastating. Zero Trust ensures that critical assets can only be reached by those offering proof positive that they have the credentials, identity, and need to access them.
Implementing Zero Trust obviously doesn’t mean that no user is ever granted privileged access to sensitive resources. What it does mean, however, is that “proof positive” is required that access attempts are not malicious – and thus, a
Privileged Access Management (PAM) system should be in place to verify the validity of any and every attempt to access or modify critical resources.