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Why a Zero Trust
Security Architecture
is Critical
to protect against
advanced cyber threats.
cyber attack
Reality Check:
Your network is almost certainly under attack right now.
With recent cyber attacks impacting federal agencies, including the SolarWinds hack, many agencies are prioritizing Zero Trust security architecture to protect their data.
Adopting a Zero Trust framework can harden your environment against attacks and minimize the impact if your organization is compromised.
What is Zero Trust Architecture?
Zero Trust is a comprehensive approach to security that limits malicious cyber actors’ ability to freely explore a network by not “trusting” any user or system within the secure perimeter.
Network

A shift in cybersecurity mindset accepting that a network is already breached, or will be.

Users

A reduction in implicit trust of authenticated users.

Reduce Damage

An architecture designed to specifically reduce damage caused by attacks.

Improve Defenses

A prescribed set of incremental steps to improve defenses against advanced cyber threats.

Requires continuous verification of the operation picture via real-time information from multiple sources to determine access and other system responses.
Eliminates implicit trust in any one element, node, or service.
Focuses on protecting data in real-time within a dynamic threat environment.
The Reality is:
Modern cyber threats exist on both sides of traditional network boundaries. That’s why Zero Trust architecture is shaped around business outcomes to maintain user productivity while defending the network from both internal and external sources.
Without Zero Trust Architecture

A compromised device gives a malicious actor access to the network.

Since the actor could access the network, they’re assumed to be trustworthy and can move freely about, causing widespread destruction or exfiltration of sensitive data.

With Zero Trust Architecture

A compromised device gives a malicious actor access to only part of the network.

Critical answers to questions regarding “who, what, when, where, and how” help appropriately allow or deny access to resources.

A data-centric security model allows the concept of least-privileged access to be applied for every access decision.

Continuous verification prevents the outsider from exploring the whole network, containing the damage.

Zero Trust Components

In a coordinated manner throughout all aspects of security infrastructure,
Zero Trust Architecture embeds:

Comprehensive security monitoring
Granular, risk-based access controls
Security system automation
Why Your Organization Needs a Zero Trust Strategy

Reaching Zero Trust status is a pivotal target for major government agencies, including the Department of Defense.

digital identity
Do you trust everyone on your network?
80% of data breaches involve compromised privileged credentials.1
In 2020 alone, there were more than 1,000 known data breaches in the United States, affecting over 50 million individuals.2
How many more unknown cases might there be?
Taking Action

Many agencies recognize the importance and potential of Zero Trust,
but few have fully executed implementation plans.

72% of organizations planned to implement Zero Trust in 2020.3
Essential Components of a Zero Trust Technology Solution
Your network has been breached. How are you minimizing the impact? EscapeWire Zero Trust architecture is made up of mitigation protocols including:
Software-Defined Perimeters

Essentially a next-generation VPN.

Micro-Segmentation

More granular access control inside a data center.

Identity-Aware Proxies

Help control access to resources in the cloud via authentication and user-based access control.

With a commitment to an adaptive defense strategy and sustainable threat protection, EscapeWire helps our customers outpace adversaries and secure what matters most to your organization.

Contact us to learn more about our proven processes and how we can help you implement your Zero Trust Architecture

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