Today’s security must rely on verification at every access point, not trust.
The Zero Trust Ecosystem
From identity, device and transaction security to network and data security, achieving Zero Trust can involve numerous technologies to address a wide range of enterprise requirements. At Ping Identity, we work with diverse organizations to provide a complete Zero Trust solution.
Our Formula for Zero Trust Access
The Zero Trust ecosystem relies on verifying users, applications, devices and data flows. To make Zero Trust access possible, we provide critical controls for intelligent authentication and authorization.
Zero Trust requires all access to be authenticated to ensure security. An authentication authority continuously validates and provides user identity, device and context data across a broad range of SaaS, on-prem and cloud resources via open standards and proprietary adaptors. Authentication authorities orchestrate complex authentication flows, leveraging attributes from multiple sources of data to set and fulfill diverse policy requirements.
A shift from network-based trust to confidence means enabling increased granularity for access control decisions. Resource-level authorization enables you to dynamically restrict web application URL paths or HTTP methods used with APIs based on user identity, device and context data provided by an authentication authority.
To govern access to user data, the perimeter needs to combine user identity, device and context data with fine-grained consent mechanisms. Today, consent is provided by proxy to apps and APIs to view and use data on behalf of a user. Zero Trust data security combines identity assurance with affirmation that the accessing party has permission to view or use the data in the first place.
Changes in user and devide context should alter the confidence level established at session creation. Continuous and adaptive controls enable you to guide users to reauthenticate, reauthorize or step-up authentication if key risk factors change with the user or their device. You can preserve a seamless user experience by leveraging biometrics and other user-friendly authentication factors.
Rogue insiders and sophisticated bad actors project the right static and dynamic attributes to gain trust and access to resources. Despite meticulous web application and API security practices, attack vectors like end users and client-side applications are also targeted, resulting in stolen or compromised tokens. Behavioral security uses AI to enable continuous monitoring of key resources like APIs, providing better ways to establish confidence and secure your organization even if you can’t fully trust your own tokens.
The Road to Zero Trust
Security methodologies provide guidance to navigate the evolving landscape of digital business opportunities—and risks. Zero Trust recognizes the opportunities and the obstacles that prevent organizations from achieving better security. To take first steps down the road to Zero Trust, organizations often have to get cross-functional support and buy-in from senior leadership. But to get that support, you first need a detailed plan of how Zero Trust security will be achieved. Identity and access management (IAM) solutions provide core capabilities on which the Zero Trust methodology is built, which is a great place to start your journey. To see the key areas you can focus to guide you on your Zero Trust journey, read our Five Steps to Zero Trust Access.