Security is paramount in the modern business world. If you own a business now, you’ll want to take steps to make sure that you are secure even when operating in the cloud. Implementing a zero-trust model is a great way to keep all of your data safe, no matter the time of day.
As the experts at Zscaler remind their clients, zero trust operates from a simple principle. No one should be automatically trusted with access to your data. Trust is the idea that certain people should have that data under all circumstances.
With this policy in place, it’s all about context and what is known as the least-privileged access for each user. The goal is total control. Many modern business owners find this is a good choice that will keep them safe. It’s also effortless to implement.
One of the most important issues is ensuring that all access is confined solely to known users. Varied types of users might need to have access. That includes employees and third-party contractors as well as system administrators.
Therefore, it’s crucial to develop a process that allows specific participants to access the system and only those parties.
Then you’ll need to think about which particular devices will be part of your data management process. This includes all devices where company data is stored and accessed.
Laptops, cell phones, and desktops must have a policy that allows for clear access only to specific users. The same is true of the kind of hardware that you’re using. Routers and modems also should be heavily protected from unauthorized outside use.
Digital artifacts are varied types of applications that require access to your data. They are just as crucial as everything else you do in running your business. User accounts should be carefully monitored.
All applications you and your employees are using also need specific policies governing access and ensuring that only authorized users can use them on your platform.
The same is true of your digital certificates. Each one plays a role in ensuring that all of your data remains safe over time.
Policy implementation has to take many forms. First, you’ll need to know about data flow throughout the workday. Much the same is true of any data that flows out, such as events indicating a meeting has taken place during working hours.
Policies should be implemented from the start that touches on what you’re doing. They should also be known to all users once they work with you.
Implementing policies that are flexible and can be updated as needed in response to changing conditions is also imperative. Nothing stands still, including your business model and the broader world of data management.
A specific, well-thought-out policy is the best way to keep your business safe and secure.