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Three steps to stronger security
With many employees unexpectedly working from home and an uncertain transition back to offices, remote work has become the new normal. But working from insecure home offices is leaving employees and company resources vulnerable to cybercrime, which has surged in recent weeks according to Forbes.
A new study found that 41% of cybersecurity teams report they can’t work effectively from home. If network security experts find it difficult to be productive, that raises serious questions about the productivity challenges that face the rest of remote workforces.
Companies are undertaking a massive shift to build enhanced websites and digital tools that support remote workforce and customers and are focused on addressing cybersecurity concerns. The trend towards remote work and virtual meetings is here to stay.
Enabling a highly-productive and secure workforce is more important than ever for business to succeed, and Zero Trust security is key to making this possible.
Zero Trust is becoming the standard for corporate security. However, due to lack of expertise and resources, many companies may not know where they are on their journey to Zero Trust and how to assess their level of maturity. Based on our experience, we recommend these three steps to stronger cybersecurity:
1. Learn from Other Journeys
The good news is that many companies have already embarked on this journey. Iconic brands such as Discount Tire and FedEx have undertaken identity modernization initiatives to achieve Zero Trust Security (ZTS) and superlative digital experiences for their workforce, partner and customer communities.
To learn more about Discount Tire and FedEx journeys, watch our Oktane20 Live panel discussion with them here.
2. Know Where You Are
Based on our experience working closely with Fortune 1000 and fast-growing companies, we have discovered these companies are at four distinct levels of Zero Trust maturity: 1) Stage 0 – Fragmented Security, 2) Stage 1 – Foundational Security, 3) Stage 2- Advanced Security and 4) Stage 3 – Unified Dynamic Risk-Based Security. These levels are derived from factors such as Zero Trust vision, strategy, roadmap and capabilities. We built Zero Trust Assessment tool to allow CISOs, CIOs, IT and cybersecurity professionals to assess the current state and receive a report on the organization’s overall cybersecurity maturity.
Using NIST (800-207) standards as a guideline, the assessment report provides a maturity score along with recommendations and a remediation plan. In order to achieve and sustain a higher level of maturity, companies must continuously assess where they are and take action.
3. Take action to improve your security posture
Knowing where you are and what to do are critical first steps towards achieving a higher level of maturity. Zero Trust Assessment requires deeper investigation of your security posture involving tenets such as data and computing resources, secure communication regardless of network location, access to resources per session basis, access context, dynamic access policy, dynamic authentication and authorization and device security. Many Fortune 1000 and fast-growing companies have done this successfully. Best practices from their successes and lessons learned can be applied to your company as well.
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