Intelligent CIO North America Issue 24 | Page 21

A Unique Opportunity to Rethink and Rebuild Security
As organizations look to expand digital transformation further and prepare for the future of work , they should step back to evaluate their current IT environment and how they ’ re securing it . Most will discover – and likely be surprised to find – that they have 100 or more disparate point solutions for security , from application firewalls to secure web gateways deployed across the enterprise . Yet , despite all of this coverage , security gaps abound .
A parallel and complementary journey to their digital transformation process , the Zero Trust journey can help organizations reduce complexity in their IT environment while achieving better overall security and risk management . Zero Trust is a way to secure all users , all the time , wherever they ’ re located and whatever they ’ re trying to do , using one approach . Zero Trust also provides a strategic framework – a North Star – to help guide the organization ’ s security approach and purchasing decisions for the future .
A key component of a comprehensive Zero Trust strategy is identity and access management ( IAM ). In a Zero Trust environment , only ‘ least-privileged ’ access is granted following the authentication , authorization , and verification of users , apps , and infrastructure . This guide will expand on the importance of establishing strong identity best practices , which can help your organization to accelerate both its Zero Trust and digital transformation journeys . p
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