The Outlook for Zero Trust Adoption
Recently, we published our 2022 Zero Trust Outlook Report which reviews where the industry is today and its course towards Zero Trust secure access. Zero Trust is becoming part of every organization’s security roadmap, from an academic thesis to a solution for modern cyber threats. Our hope is this report gives people a better understanding of Zero Trust principles and dispels some of the myths hindering adoption.
This article will briefly touch on the background of Zero Trust as a security paradigm and the state of adoption and implementation.
Why Do We Need Zero Trust?
Traditionally, a company’s office employees used company-managed desktops to access on-premises resources over the private network. Technologies based on the secure perimeter paradigm blocked outside access to the protected network. Relatively few trusted employees were the only exceptions. Technologies such as virtual private networks (VPNs) gave these users remote access to protected networks by penetrating the secure perimeter.
The original network perimeter model is no longer sufficient to protect organizations from threat actors as work is no longer inherently office-centric, and apps, cloud-based services, and BYOD are now commonplace. Both resources and users can be anywhere. Social engineering attacks can compromise any user credentials. An endless parade of vulnerabilities makes VPN gateways themselves vectors for attack.
What is Zero Trust?
Zero Trust is a modern secure access paradigm designed for today’s distributed network architectures. Three principles lie at the heart of Zero Trust:
- Assume breach - Never trust anything implicitly. Instead, assume that every user, credential, device, and network is compromised. Every access attempt must be challenged as a potential attack.
- Verify explicitly - That challenge must go beyond simple authentication to create a risk profile based on identity, device posture, source network, and other contextual factors. Any change in context must trigger new verification.
- Least privilege - Rather than giving users access to networks, Zero Trust solutions limit authorizations to the few resources each user needs to get their job done during each session. This role-based access eliminates over-privileged accounts and other security risks that allow lateral movement during a breach.
These three principles produce network access strategies that better protect sensitive resources against modern threats. For example, resource-by-resource access control lets companies unify policies across their on-premises, cloud-hosted, and XaaS resources.
Zero Trust by the Numbers
Our 2022 Zero Trust Outlook Report dives into the numbers that define the state of adoption today. Some of the things you will learn include:
- What priority projects open the door for Zero Trust strategies?
- What are the financial benefits of Zero Trust defenses?
- How many organizations are adopting Zero Trust strategies?
- What is the impact of pandemic-driven trends towards remote working?
In an industry dominated by buzzwords and hype, you might be tempted to dismiss Zero Trust as the latest flavor of the day. However, Zero Trust is becoming a cost of entry for the future of networking and cyber security. Enterprises are making ZT the cornerstone of their future network architectures. In fact, more than eight out of ten companies are pursuing ZT strategies. And almost all security decision-makers in a recent industry survey say Zero Trust is their top priority.
A trend underway long before 2020, bring-your-own-device and work-from-anywhere policies are making companies more distributed than ever. Multiple surveys show that remote working — and remote access — has become a core feature of the modern workplace.
Zero Trust Adoption with Twingate
We founded Twingate to address the increasingly problematic secure perimeter paradigm. Technologies such as VPN had gone unchanged since the 1990s even though our networked world has become much more distributed. Combining enterprise-grade services with consumer-grade usability, the Twingate Zero Trust solution gives organizations a simple, scalable path to deploying modern access control. Implementing Zero Trust as a cloud-native software solution offers several advantages:
Decoupling access from networks
Traditional secure perimeter technologies such as VPN or NAC are integrated with network architectures. As a result, changes to access policies require changes to the network and vice versa. This makes networks brittle and difficult to scale.
Twingate separates the control plane from the data plane. Deploy Twingate in minutes without adding or changing your network. Our Zero Trust solution runs in parallel with your existing VPN solution to support a measured, phased transition.
Simple deployment, management, and usability
Our solution implements Zero Trust by using lightweight proxies to create software-defined perimeters (SDPs) around each protected resource. This approach lets your DevOps team deploy Twingate in less than 15 minutes with their existing CI/CD tools. Twingate integrates with your existing identity provider — no configuration changes necessary.
Simple administrator consoles turn on-boarding and off-boarding users or changing role-based access policies into quick point-and-click actions. A self-serve model lets users install Twingate’s transparent client app without having to change settings in their device’s operating system or security apps.
Unifying access control
Traditional secure perimeter architectures require a patchwork of access control systems. One lets remote users access the private network, while another manages on-premises users. Access control for distributed resources is fragmented across proprietary systems at every cloud-hosting platform and XaaS provider.
Twingate’s unified solution lets you enforce access policies for every resource from every user, no matter where any of them are located. In effect, you create a distributed network architecture that is more secure, more efficient, and better supports your organization’s future growth.
Twingate and Zero Trust
Download our 2022 Zero Trust Outlook Report to see how the industry is preparing for a future defined by Zero Trust. Or, contact us to learn how easy it is to make Twingate Zero Trust part of your secure access strategy.