30 Jul 2020
When it comes to the increasingly perilous frontier of cyber threats, no one is in the fight alone. But as officials at the Pentagon learned, a solid team defense doesn’t make you exempt from the benefits of Zero Trust, a perspective on cybersecurity that holds everyone accountable regardless of role. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, civilian organizations and federal offices alike have moved to conduct business remotely, a transition that involves countless risks devoted readers of our blog will be familiar with. But how exactly do you go about ensuring that your team will employ best security practices from home? The answer, as it turns out, is the Zero Trust Cybersecurity Model—a method of thinking that assumes no one, inside of or outside a network, administrator or independent actor, is trusted by default. Instead, the network requires multi-factor verification for any and all users to access parts of the network. Zero Trust cybersecurity is crucial in the face of hackers who can steal credentials, impersonate system administrators, and award themselves higher levels of access. The U.S. Navy’s top cybersecurity official admits they took a calculated risk in allowing service members and employees to use their personal devices to conduct normal business during the pandemic, but those vulnerabilities are exactly what Zero Trust accounts for.