Anyone with IT experience can tell you that the more complex the system is, the more difficult it is to keep it secure from breaches. You don’t have to be an IT expert to know that systems aren’t getting any less complex. Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, including in the cloud – which means juggling the variety of solutions can be a handful, even for organizations with a fully staffed IT team.
Go-To Strategies: Do They Work?
It seems there is no shortage of security challenges out there today. Cyber security experts are constantly making updates of the latest threats hitting organizations small and large. As more and more layers of technology are built, coping with the security challenges is extremely important.
The goal is to not create so much overhead in security strategies that workflow is stifled. Using shared credentials is part of this approach. This works by using shared aliases and storing all shared credentials in vaults that are presumed to be secure. The bad part about this approach is that when these vaults aren’t properly managed, they become a weak point that can be exploited.
Securing the Network Boundaries
Another common strategy includes securing the network boundaries. This includes using VPNs. And while this has proven effective for the most part, the problem is that this is not a sure-fire solution – and once a cyber-criminal sneaks by a VPN or other network boundary, they pretty much have access to anywhere in the system they want to go.
And while you might have some success with these for a while, they don’t pass the test for a fully secure environment with a reasonable amount of assurances that security breaches won’t happen.
Adopting New Architecture
Maybe it’s more akin to establishing an architectural pattern, but adopting a zero-trust ethos might be the answer that many organizations are looking for. For those looking for an approach that steps away from the perimeter-based approach to security, you’re going to love zero-trust. It cancels the perimeter and network-centric strategies and moves toward a stance where every connection is not trusted until it can be verified.
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