A Guide To Zero Trust Network Access

Since the pandemic, remote and hybrid working has slowly become a new norm for society. For companies in possession of sensitive data, this posed many issues as hackers could now access their systems through remote users. In response to this threat, many companies implemented Cloudbric managed security to verify users before accessing data. 

Cloudbric operates on a zero-trust model that believes trust is not implicit; it requires verification. This security system identifies users and evaluates their access to protect the company’s data from internal and external breaches. 

In 2020, companies reported that internal employees concocted 30% of breaches that resulted in stolen data. Zero trust networks reduce this risk by allocating limited access to reduce the amount of breachable data available and maintaining a detailed trail of employee access. 

Not only does Cloudbric managed security service protect against all breaches, but it also has numerous other benefits that streamline company procedures, especially in comparison to VPNs. With a Cloudbric zero-trust system, employee organization and audit trails are simplified, requiring less effort for a better quality system. 

Altogether, Cloudbric’s zero-trust network access system is quickly becoming a popular option for remote workplaces due to its secure and efficient framework. 

What Is Zero Trust Network Access? 

A zero-trust network is a form of access control security that protects data and applications through a secure channel when remote users attempt to access it. The cloud-based system grants access based on your company’s predetermined policies and a no-trust model designed to protect sensitive data. Unless access is explicitly granted, the zero-trust network access system will automatically deny access to remote users to reduce the risks of criminal access. Zero-network trust access locks out unknown users, filling gaps that could lead to risk exposure. 

How Does Zero Trust Network Access Work?

Through zero-trust network access, users request access to resources and applications, which the network will verify based on their identity and role. There are several ways to authenticate access, depending on the level of protection that your company desires. To verify users, you can request two-factor authentication, one-time passwords, or biometric authentication. Following this, authenticated remote users can connect to private systems and data through a secure and encrypted space. This encryption reduces the risk of exposure to the internet by hiding the IP address as hackers could infiltrate through a public IP. By taking a user-to-user security approach, zero-trust network access grants access to a verified user for a limited time, so the appropriate access is always provided. A reduction in unnecessary, overly permissive access diminishes the risk of employee breaches as they no longer have easy access to sensitive data. 

What Are The Benefits Of Zero Trust Network Access? 

The zero trust model operates on the assumption that everyone is a risk until proven otherwise. However, it also has several other benefits to remote workforces, such as simplicity and organizational agility. 

Highly Secure

Cloudbric’s managed security restricts user access, so users can only attain a limited dataset relevant to their work at the time, and malware cannot easily access large sums of data. Since they can only access small amounts of data within a time limit, breaches will have a much smaller impact on the company.

Greater Visibility 

With a zero-trust network, you have complete visibility of which employee is accessing a resource at what time and location, as all of these details are included in access requests to ensure that they are safe. The network will flag unusual requests or locations, allowing for a quicker response to potential breaches as they are more noticeable. 

Converged Security 

A zero-trust security network integrates with your physical security system to provide an enhanced level of protection from physical and cyber attacks. By connecting your physical and digital security systems, you adopt a converged approach that is more secure and easier to manage. With converged security, you protect more of your business as the cloud-based system of the zero-trust network allows you to minimize internal breaches and offer your physical security system greater protection simultaneously with minimal additional work. Zero-trust networks offer a more all-around secure system to protect your business as a whole. 

Simple To Use 

Zero-network access makes secure remote user access simple as its automated framework provides user access without involving the IT department. Cloudbric will manage the authentication for you, thus streamlining the verification process while maintaining a high level of security. IT is only involved in flagged high-risk situations, which heavily reduces the administrative burden. This draws attention to employee breaches quicker and easier, diminishing the amount of stolen data and safeguarding the company. Another advantage to using zero-trust network access systems is that you don’t need to install any software or hardware to the system. It is easy to set up and easy for remote users to work with, further simplifying an efficient network system. 

Creates An Audit Trail

As the network evaluates each access request, it also logs all the relevant details such as location, time, and the request details, which creates an easy audit trail. A zero-trust network will form this seamless trail for each request, maintaining compliance with regulations for all companies. The system will produce detailed trails, reducing the workload required to track the requests, so compliance is maintained with a reduced amount of effort, thus streamlining the process effectively. 

Why Is Zero Trust Better Than VPN?

Cloudbric’s zero-trust network access systems are practical solutions to use instead of VPNs. In comparison, VPNs are slower, rendering them inconvenient since their purpose is to offer protection efficiently. Their gateways move slowly, which impacts employee productivity significantly as they are waiting for the VPN to allow them access to corporate systems before they can commence working. Companies are finding that VPNs do not provide the same level of protection and support for their networks. Instead, they are opting for zero-trust network access systems like Cloudbric to give a solution to remote working that doesn’t compromise their security. 

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