An Answer to the Ransomware Menace?

Zero trust is the latest buzzword that security vendors, consultants, and policy makers are posing as the panacea for all cybersecurity problems. About 42% of global organizations say they have plans to adopt zero-trust. The Biden administration also identified the need for federal networks and systems to embrace an architecture of distrust. While ransomware continues to make headlines and break new recordsAnd Could mistrust be the solution to ransomware problems? Before we answer this question, let’s first understand mistrust and its basic components.

What is zero trust?
The concept of zero trust has been around for a while, and is probably an extension of the least privileged of access. Zero Trust helps reduce lateral movement of attackers (i.e. techniques used by hackers to explore networks) through the principle of “never trust, always verify”. In the world of distrust, there is no implicit trust granted to you (no matter where you log in from or what resources you are trying to access) just because you are behind a corporate firewall. Only authorized personnel can access the specified resources as needed. The idea is to shift the focus from an ocean-based (reactive) approach to a data-driven (proactive).

Basic Components of Zero Trust

To effectively implement distrust, organizations must understand its three basic components:

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