Implement Zero Trust network security based device control

What is Zero Trust?

Zero-trust security is a data protection protocol whereby all devices and entities within or outside of a network boundary are not to be trusted unless thoroughly verified by the system administrator. Within a zero-trust network, all new devices that request access, must be initially considered hostile until a valid reason for the access requirements are provided and the credentials of the device owner can be authenticated.

Zero-trust architecture vs. legacy security models

Traditional security models work on the assumption that everything inside an organization can be trusted, thereby providing more opportunities for insider attacks. A zero-trust security model for device permissions, continuously assesses trust every time a new device requests access to your endpoint.

Why is creating a zero trust network architecture is important?

There are numerous devices that are connected and disconnected from networks on a daily basis. Some of the devices can be provisioned by the company itself for strictly job purposes and while other devices can be the personal property of the users.

In BYOD (Bring-Your- Own-Device) environments, any employee has the opportunity to access the machines on-premise and connect their devices which can include USB and other portable storage media that are usually of the plug-and-play nature. Unless the auto-play mode of the device has been deliberately turned off, any malware hosted in this personal device can infect that connected computer and could hijack control over net-centric resources. The outcomes of such an incident can be fatal and can result in hardware dysfunction, downtime of service, decreased productivity and data loss.

How to create a zero trust security architecture using Device Control Plus?

Device Control Plus offers a Trusted Device List feature, allowing you to whitelist devices whose identification and reasons for access, you have verified.

Authorize devices in a few clicks.

From adding existing devices to importing multiple new devices, create a trusted device list in a flash. Device Control Plus allows you to add new devices simply by specifying the device instance path of that device. 

Formulate specific trusted device lists

Create multiple trusted device lists for devices and users across your network based on their roles and tasks. For instance, a zero trust network allows you to facilitate Bring Your Own Device policies in your enterprise on your own terms.

Benefits of a zero trust security framework for device control.

Understand access needs.

You can define trust based on what the device is, who the user is, and what access they require. To grant policies based on the afore-mentioned attributes, implement role-based access control (RBAC). With a zero trust security framework, any device that is identified as unauthorized is prevented from communicating with your endpoint until it is verified.

Decrease risk by continuously monitoring device traffic.

With the universality of USB devices, anyone can plug anything into your computer ports. If you can't see your endpoints, you can't control them. With the Zero Trust security model, any device that connects to your endpoint is first identified if it is a trusted device or not. For a blacklisted device, the access will be denied and you will receive an alert about the blocked device immediately.

Lower the potential for a breach.

Often times when attackers find a point of infiltration, they try to move deep into your network to locate sensitive data. A zero trust network stops lateral movement of data, minimizing the point of exfiltration. Additionally, even when trusted and approved, connection is restricted only to those computers and users that have authorize to access.

Enforce zero-trust security and increase your business' agility.

With today's businesses operating at warp speed, port-based security controls can be stagnant when compared. Blocking USB ports in case of malicious intrusion can cause productivity loss; instead, utilize a zero trust security model to ensure smooth operation of your business as it seamlessly runs in the background without interference.

Stay independent of high end security solutions.

A zero trust solution such a Device Control Plus, removes the complexity of implementing the top end security stack such as virtual or hardware appliances. You don't have to purchase, set up, install, and deploy high end components and repeat this process again this for every locality. Instead, control everything from a single console with an in-built feature designed for enacting and maintaining zero trust security.

Enhance your network security by adopting a zero trust for your organization, download a free, 30-day trial of Device Control Plus and try this feature today!