White paper: Demystifying zero trust

Johannesburg, 20 Oct 2020
Read time 1min 10sec

The age of the corporate network and single security perimeter is coming to an end. Users are increasingly working remotely, conducting their work over the public Internet. The rise of software as a service (SaaS) apps, cloud platforms and other cloud-based services has eroded the efficacy of using the network as the primary element to secure a resource. We can no longer rely on a single, sealed-off corporate network and afford trust to all the systems that reside within it, as the boundaries between networks are now blurred.

Enter zero trust – a cyber security philosophy on how to think about security and how to do security. Zero trust is based on the principle of “trust nothing, verify everything” and focusing on protecting resources regardless of where they are physically or digitally and to never trust anything by default. No one vendor, product, or technology will get you to zero trust. Rather, it requires a cultural shift and a lot of different solutions to shift the paradigms by which we secure our resources.

This paper looks at the concept of zero trust, the benefits of implementing a zero trust model, and provides guidance on the steps that organisations need to take to transition towards it.

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