As businesses continue to embrace digital innovation, cloud applications, and work-from-anywhere initiatives, networks become ever more complicated and dispersed with an increasing number of “edges.” And as the traditional network perimeter continues to dissolve and the more people and devices that connect to a network, the less secure a traditional perimeter-based approach to security becomes.
Every time a device or user is automatically trusted, it places an organization’s data, applications, and intellectual property at risk. CISOs need to shift the fundamental paradigm of an open network built around inherent trust to a zero-trust model. This zero-trust strategy needs to incorporate rigorous access controls that span the distributed network so devices, users, endpoint, cloud, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and the infrastructure are all protected.
The Fortinet Zero Trust Access (ZTA) framework uses a tightly integrated collection of security solutions that help organizations identify and classify all users and devices that seek network and application access.
Only 15% of organizations have completed a transition to a zero-trust security model, which does not automatically assume that anyone inside the network perimeter is trusted.
Increase Security with a Zero-Trust Access Approach
As users continue to work from anywhere and IoT devices flood networks and operational environments, continuous verification of all users and devices as they access corporate applications and data is needed.
To protect networks and applications, network administrators must apply a zero-trust access approach and provide least access privileges. Implementing zero-trust access includes requiring strong authentication capabilities, powerful network access control technologies, and pervasive application access controls.
The Keys to an Effective Zero Trust Strategy
Today’s networks have vast, dynamic, and in some cases, even temporary edges. The fact that many devices are often offline makes continuously assessing risk and trust even more difficult. Because there’s no way to verify that users or devices on or off the network can be trusted, security leaders should assume that every device on the network is potentially infected. Further, any user is capable of compromising critical resources, intentionally or inadvertently.
An effective ZTA strategy addresses both network connection and application access based on the underlying assumption that no user or device is inherently trustworthy. No trust is granted for any transaction without first verifying that the user and the device are authorized to have access. Implementing the ZTA model requires focusing on three key elements.
Key Benefits of the Fortinet ZTA Framework
For effective security, organizations have to shift from protecting security perimeters to protecting data spread across the billions of edges, users, systems, devices, and critical applications. The Fortinet platform provides comprehensive visibility and protection across devices, users, endpoint, cloud, SaaS, and infrastructure. The Fortinet ZTA framework offers these key benefits:
- Complete and continuous control over who is accessing applications, no matter where those applications reside or where the users are
- Complete and continuous control over what is on the network
- An integrated ZTA solution for the Fortinet Security Fabric that works equally on LAN, WAN, and remote tunnels
- A complete, integrated solution from a single vendor