Microsoft’s new repository can help you implement Zero Trust

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Microsoft Zero Trust Deployment Center

Microsoft recently announced Zero Trust Deployment Center, a useful collection of resources for customers who are ready to embrace Zero Trust security models.

Trial and error have shown now and again that Zero Trust security models might be the safest way to go. Despite the apparent inconveniences it drags along, this security model could get as close as possible to airtight digital ecosystems.

What is Zero Trust?

Lately, cybersecurity and privacy have been dealt some pretty tough cards considering the evergrowing variety of digital threats. Thus, it makes sense for businesses and organizations to remodel their work environments’ into more secure versions of themselves.

Zero Trust is an effective way to keep cyberthreats at bay by raising a metaphorical eyebrow at every request. Traditional models would assume everything that’s behind the organization‘s firewall is safe.

Zero Trust, on the other hand, treats every request as a security breach. Thus, it thoroughly verifies them before letting them pass, regardless of their origin point.

In its essence, such a system can ensure the wellbeing of:

  • Identities – Thorough inspection of identities through enforcing strong authentication methods combined with low-privilege access policies
  • Endpoints – Monitoring endpoints for suspicious activity, compliance, and device health to reduce the number of potential targets
  • Applications/APIs – Enforcing appropriate permissions, implementing rogue IT detection systems
  • Data – Protection increase through classification, labeling, encryption, and ultimately access restrictions
  • Infrastructure – Threat detection through telemetry combined with automatic flagging/blocking suspicious behavior
  • Networks – Micro-managing networks by segmenting them in conjunction with E2E encryption and real-time threat detection/protection

Assess your Zero Trust implementation progress

Microsoft‘s newly-released Zero Trust Deployment Center can help you apply this security model within your organization and keep track of your progress. Each step comes with a guide, which encompasses carefully explained instructions to guide you through the process.

Each instruction is available in plain language, so you don’t need to worry about needlessly complicated technical terms. Furthermore, the instructions are available as lists of steps, so you can easily keep track of your Zero Trust implementation progress.

Last, but not least, if you’re interested in gauging the efficiency of your organization‘s Zero Trust maturity, you can use Microsoft’s Zero Trust assessment tool. Note that you’ll need to fill out the initial form accurately if you want an inch-perfect report.

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