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What is Zero Trust framework?

Zero Trust is a security model that seeks to prevent malicious actors from breaching your network and moving laterally across it. 

Per the Department of Defense (DOD) Zero Trust Reference Architecture, “The foundational tenet of the Zero Trust Model is that no actor, system, network, or service operating outside or within the security perimeter is trusted.” 

This cybersecurity framework requires continuous verification and monitoring of all devices, users, and systems on a network.

The pillars of the Zero Trust architecture

Initially developed by Forrester, the Zero Trust framework has seven pillars:

  • Devices
  • Networks
  • Visibility and analytics
  • Security automation and orchestration 
  • Data 
  • People
  • Workloads 

Zero trust principles include:

  • Asset inventory and continuous monitoring
  • Stronger user identification, including multifactor authentication and least privilege requirements
  • Network segmentation

Following the Zero Trust security framework helps organizations to contain breaches and reduce risks because the network access is segmented, and continuous verification hinders lateral movement to more critical resources. For this reason, adopting a Zero Trust approach can minimize the impact of a cyberattack. A 2021 report by IBM indicates that the average cost of a data breach was $1.76 million less at companies with a mature Zero Trust strategy versus those without one.

Armis helps to implement Zero Trust principles

Standard implementations of this security framework focus on user access and managed computers. With Armis, organizations can also apply Zero Trust principles to the world of unmanaged devices, Internet of Things (IoT), and off-network assets such as Bluetooth peripherals. 

The Armis platform provides passive, real-time monitoring for all devices, including those that don’t accommodate security agents. When the Armis platform detects a threat or suspicious asset behavior, it triggers automated actions such as network segmentation to safeguard your data.

To learn more about the Zero Trust architecture and how Armis supports Zero Trust controls, watch our webinar.