There is a Sharp Increase of Zero Trust in the Digital Era


The Covid-19 situation has provided unprecedented challenges to not just individuals but also to organizations. Enterprises now need to be extra cautious about cyberattacks, even as they try to keep their businesses running and support clients effectively despite these challenges. The Zero Trust’ model operates on the principle of ‘never trust, always verify’. It effectively assumes that the perimeter is dead as a concept, and we can no longer operate on the idea of establishing a perimeter given the fact that people are working from different locations. As part of this architecture, both the user and the device must be authenticated, and access is granted only once the user/application and device are conclusively authenticated.

Digital transformation fever had organisations swarming over new ways to innovate their businesses in the digital age. Implementing effective technology solutions: With effective frameworks in place, organizations are enforcing several critical steps as part of their arsenal to reduce cyber risk, while establishing access and identity controls. Now organisations are facing not only the proliferation of cloud computing and the Internet of Things but also the need to manage hybrid (remote and physical) working environments. The perimeter-less world we work in is proving challenges for many organisations to effectively manage risks with the rise of sophisticated threats. The zero trust concepts and the security architecture of the past need a different mindset in current times.


Secondly, the security protocols and measures at the end of the day are not 100% foolproof. Cyberthreats are constantly evolving. If an organization wishes to develop a strong security posture, it must continuously work towards identifying current and evolving threats and take effective measures to protect their data, users and assets. 


Today, Network spoofing remains a larger security threat, when hackers set up fake access points—connections that look like Wi-Fi networks, but are actually traps—in high-traffic public locations such as coffee shops, libraries and airports. Cybercriminals give the access points common names like “Free Airport Wi-Fi” or “Coffeehouse” to encourage users to connect. Because mobile devices are always powered-on, they are the front lines of most phishing attacks. Never click on unfamiliar email links. And if the matter isn’t urgent, then let the response or action items wait until you’re at your computer. Though many mobile users worry about malware sending data streams back to cybercriminals, there’s a key threat closer to home: Spyware. In many cases, it’s not malware from unknown attackers that users should be worried about, but rather spyware.  Secondly, the caller ID spoofing is one of the main threats that must be taken into account when receiving a cellular call, SMS or MMS.


However, the Zero Trust is not a specific technology, but a security strategy. The rise of zero trust suggests the time has come to completely rethink how we define trust in considering how to secure critical data and resources. Experts say it is the best way to stop data breaches. It is an idea that nothing and no one should be trusted until it’s proven worthy of that trust. The Zero Trust strategy states not to trust anyone and don’t give access to machines and IP addresses until you know who that user is and whether they are authorized. Zero Trust security plays an important role in tackling attackers.