In a world where cyber attacks are rampant, many enterprises still have inadequate control, visibility and protection over their security networks. Users, devices and applications are no longer living solely within the perimeter, leaving these organizations vulnerable to terrible security threats. It's no wonder why leading companies like Google have turned to a new security model that houses identity at the center: zero trust.
Identity and Access Management at the Core of Zero Trust
Zero trust networks are based on the philosophy that there should be no implicit trust in a corporate network. Under the zero trust model, enterprises build networks on the assumption that anyone could be on the network at any time, while denying open access to corporate resources residing inside those networks. Employees, partners and customers have secure access to the network from any device, at any time, from anywhere.
As this model becomes more widely adopted, security leaders are implementing identity and access management (IAM) controls that grant users access to the network while still maintaining tight, centralized security. This is what is known as Identity Defined Security: a security architecture based on identity. And its core principles--putting identity at the center of a network protected by multi-factor authentication (MFA), federated single sign-on (SSO) and access proxy servers--can and should be a cornerstone of your enterprise's zero trust network.