If there’s one thing the tech world has in abundance, it’s buzzwords. If our servers thrived on buzzwords, we’d be powering the entire global server ecosystem for centuries. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get the idea.
Enter the latest buzzword on the block: Zero Trust. Now, here’s the thing—Zero Trust means many things to many different people/vendors in the tech realm. Ask five vendors about their Zero Trust product, and you’re likely to get five different answers, a toolkit that resembles a tech wizard’s dream, and likely a price tag to fit that dream. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and dig into Zero Trust—at least, what it means to BizStream and what it could mean for you and your company.
At its core, Zero Trust is essentially saying, “Just because a device is on a ‘trusted network’—you know, your in-house corporate Wi-Fi with all those nifty monitoring systems and high-end firewalls—doesn’t automatically mean it should be there or that it’s safe.” This helps your security model by flipping the script to verify and then trust. I choose to think of it as a security framework. Once I have that, I can find the tool to match my needs.
When I dove into this Zero Trust rabbit hole and quickly realized that everyone had their own spin on it, I decided I needed to carve out what I was aiming for. Here’s the rough sketch I came up with:
We need a better way to grant secure access to our legacy network and cloud resources from devices we may not own and networks we may not control.
Man, that is like a mission statement or something. I kid, but this really helped as I talked to vendors to find the right tool/software.
So, after researching and talking with vendors, I came up with the following “question” to build my Zero Trust framework upon. Should this user, on this device, in this given context, have access to this resource? It might not sound revolutionary if you’ve been around tech for a while, but it helped me frame what I was looking for, more context around that control.
I may have gone a bit rogue with the implementation, though, not just logically separating my network traffic (VLANS) but physically separating them too. Picture this—when our team strolls into the office, the Wi-Fi network is just another network. It’s got zero connection or context to our core. We’re using a next-gen Zero Trust application that lets us answer that crucial question: should this user, on this device, in this given context, have access to this resource?
Now, armed with all this info, I can toss it into a risk matrix of sorts to decide whether to grant the request. This helps the company leadership, and me understand the risk we are introducing with our access. Maybe the data is highly sensitive, and I only want to grant that access with additional security measures in place, like forcing an MFA challenge. The added bonus is that the framework is now applied to all of my networks. We can layer on extra security to legacy networks that lack MFA or need additional security with very little effort. We can route traffic after security challenges have been met without complicated firewall rules.
So, there you have it—Zero Trust in action at BizStream. It’s not just a tech buzzword; it’s a framework that reshapes how we approach security. By adding layers of context and separating the physical and logical realms, we’re navigating the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity with a sharper focus.
In a world where technology evolves at warp speed, Zero Trust isn’t just a tool, a buzzword, or a framework; it’s a mindset shift. It’s about questioning assumptions and ensuring that access isn’t just a given but earned through a calculated evaluation. As we embrace the future of cybersecurity, buzzwords, and ever-changing threat models, one thing’s for sure—trust may be a rare commodity, but with the right approach, it’s the backbone of a secure digital frontier.
Want to talk about it more? Hit me up. Happy to share our journey and dive into the details more.
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