Our previous blog covered what Zero Trust security is, its fundamentals, and why businesses are adopting it. Here, we explore the process of implementing a Zero Trust security strategy. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to a Zero Trust strategy. Vendors and businesses have realized that a universal solution cannot work for all types of companies under the sun.
In our experience advising and supporting hundreds of organizations with their security, two challenges in implementing Zero Trust are typical:
Choosing an off-the-shelf solution: Organizations have different environments and IT landscapes, including hybrid environments, unmanaged devices, cloud and on-premises infrastructure, legacy platforms, non-standard policies, and users at various locations. Adapting an off-the-shelf Zero Trust solution might not provide value and could be complex and costly.
Starting without a comprehensive view of costs and resources: Implementing Zero Trust holistically is resource-intensive and requires skilled personnel. Organizations with limited resources may find this overwhelming. Hiring talent is also challenging and expensive. Additionally, replacing too many legacy systems solely for the sake of Zero Trust can become a financial burden if not well-planned.
However, there are common aspects that all organizations should consider as a starting point and foundation for a Zero Trust security model: