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Zero Trust: The Strategic Approach to Stop Data Breaches

The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers Navigating the Digital Age Second Edition, Excerpt of Chapter by John Kindervag

The Zero Trust model acknowledges that Trust is a dangerous vulnerability that only benefits malicious actors who exploit the antiquated trust model. Therefore, Zero Trust eliminates the idea of a trusted internal network and an untrusted external network. Instead, all traffic and users are treated as untrusted. All resources are accessed in a secure manner, and all traffic is logged and inspected. Security becomes ubiquitous throughout the infrastructure, designed from the inside-out, based upon the elements that need to be protected, and designed with compliance in mind. By embracing the Zero Trust model, organizations can position themselves for a future in which they are not in constant reactive mode to threats, but have cybersecurity built into their technologies, cultures and operations.