Zero Trust is a modern approach to the evolving world of cybersecurity. It emphasizes the need to move away from a perimeter-centric network approach (“trust but verify”) to a model focused on continuous assessment of trust across every device, user and application (“never trust, always verify”).
A successful Zero Trust environment leverages continuous and adaptive authentication and authorization to keep bad actors out and prevent data and application attacks from taking place.
Why Zero Trust is Important Today
COVID-19 changed many aspects of our lives—including how and where we work. With the dramatic rise in remote work, previous IT security default options, like using a virtual private network (VPN), quickly proved insufficient and insecure for many companies.
VPNs can’t provide the assurance that the employee requesting access is who they say they are and that they are authorized to use the requested resource. In addition, they weren’t built for the scale that companies now require.
Traditional IT security perimeters are ineffective in protecting your remote workforce, API ecosystem and digital transformation. Zero Trust enables end users to easily open necessary applications and data without sacrificing security or user experience.
Identity is the Foundation of Zero Trust
Identity is a crucial first step towards building a Zero Trust architecture. After all, you can’t trust what you can’t identify. With an established identity control plane you can define access policies and protect your important resources.
Zero Trust Prepares Your Organization For New Reality of Work
The Zero Trust Journey
The Zero Trust journey below was constructed with input from industry analysts, our customers, cybersecurity thought leaders and partners to provide a path towards Zero Trust and help organizations advance their security.
Establish Identity Foundation
Centralize SSO & MFA and integrate PAM, IGA, and device posture capabilities
Phase Out Passwords
Centralize access policies and enforcement, monitor and secure API traffic, and integrate cloud security services (CASB, SASE, SDP)
Aggregate multiple risk signals for continuous assessment to create frictionless, passwordless authentication
Centralize Security Operations
Centralize admin capabilities to reduce time to monitor, detect, and respond to breaches. Integrate with Security Operations & Response (SOAR) providers for active response
To dive deeper into the building blocks of a Zero Trust architecture, see our guide to Zero Trust.
Gates Corporation Builds a Zero Trust Security Foundation
Ping helps us achieve our goals by helping us maintain a strong security baseline. Partnering with Ping from end to end has been outstanding. From the support models and partnerships to implementation and communication, everyone is willing to work together to solve problems.
—Chief Information Security Officer, Gates Corporation
The White House, CISA, NSA and other government agencies have signaled the urgent need to accelerate Zero Trust adoption. For agencies to continue their mission-critical activities securely, they need to enable dynamic access, connecting the right resources to the right users at the right time.
Webinar: Zero Trust Authentication for Government: Modern Identity Orchestration for Attribute-Based Access Control