Blog: 5 Benefits of Cisco Zero Trust

Zero Trust is more than a security strategy: it’s a mindset. It means trusting no one and not assuming that the same user logs in from the same device at the same location every day. Assumptions like this can lead to company systems being compromised and could be costly.

Arguably the most effective approach to security, Zero Trust involves continuous identify verification and access control – a blanket approach spanning all users and devices in both the office and remote locations. It is an approach that is ever more important in an age of remote and hybrid workstyles.

From enhanced user verification to more detailed reporting, here are five benefits of Cisco Zero Trust and why your business should adopt such a strategy…

Enhanced user verification

Despite their best efforts, people can often be a weak link in the security chain. Not only can simple usernames and passwords be easily compromised, organisations can sometimes rely on regular user patterns and overlook threats. Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), a more robust and sophisticated mechanism which enables additional user verification methods on devices with passcodes and other means, can help to address this issue. In this space, Logicalis Ireland works with leading vendors to support clients with best-in-class verification technologies.

Automated processes

Utilising automation and micro-segmentation, the sets of systems underpinning company applications can be separated from each other with Cisco Zero Trust, limiting the attack surface and threat risk. Furthermore, communications to and from segregated applications can be centrally controlled by policies, allowing applications to be deployed anywhere – either on-premise or cloud – and without the manual management of Access Control Lists (ACLs).

Better protected networks

As well as providing access to services, networks can also deny access to devices that don’t have the necessary permission. Software-Defined Access (SDA) utilises software-defined networking and micro-segmentation capabilities to classify and verify device identities. Access policies can then be enforced across the entire network fabric based on device classification, thus limiting the risk of an attack or breach. Micro-segmentation enables network segregation between devices, applications and users, again reducing the threat landscape and enabling isolation of bad actors in response to real-time incidents.

Detailed reporting

With increased visibility of users, devices and components, companies are better equipped with the information to prevent and respond to attacks. Moreover, Cisco Zero Trust gives organisations access to detailed logs, reports and alerts. As well as delivering greater visibility and supporting faster response, the network analytics that the solution provides can also be used to identify malware in encrypted traffic.

More trust

While the name suggests no trust, the whole point of Cisco Zero Trust is that it allows organisations to have more trust in and control of their security strategy and performance. By only giving users the access required for them to perform their roles via Roles-Based Access Control (RBAC) and continuously verifying users and devices, businesses can rely on these solutions. Zero Trust also offers a comprehensive approach which secures access across all applications and the entire environment – no matter what user, device or location. In turn, this enables businesses to mitigate, deter and respond to risks.

Recent years have seen the rise of mobility and bring your own device strategies. Coupled with the pandemic, which has led to widespread remote and hybrid working, the security landscape that IT teams are managing has drastically changed. Threats too are on the rise and more sophisticated than before.

However, it is still imperative that organisations strike that balance between security and usability. After all, employees need to be able to do their jobs effectively to maintain operations, deliver services and support business growth.

That is where Cisco Zero Trust comes in – not only making it difficult for attackers to get the access and data they need, but also upholding and safeguarding the user experience. It is an approach that establishes trust in every request and delivers security across all aspects of the IT infrastructure, thus supporting the modern enterprise and workforce.

To find out more about how Cisco Zero Trust and Logicalis Ireland can secure your operations and deliver value for your company, get in touch with us today by emailing cisco@ie.logicalis.com