Zero Trust based security for Hybrid Multi-Cloud environments
Multi-cloud is becoming the new norm for enterprises. A recent study by Forrester found that 85% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, and that number is only going to increase in the coming years. However, with the increased adoption of the multi-cloud comes increased complexity, and with complexity comes risk. A separate study found that nearly 60% of organizations believe that the multi-cloud is more complex and difficult to secure than a single cloud environment. So, how can enterprises secure their multi-cloud environments? One approach is to adopt a Zero Trust security.
Based on the principle of ‘never trust, always verify, Zero Trust represents a shift from traditional security models that rely on perimeter-based defenses. In a Zero Trust model, all users, devices, and networks are treated as untrusted and are subjected to continuous verification and authentication. Furthermore, this approach enforces the principle of least privilege, which states that users should only have the access they need to do their job, and no more. Multi-Cloud environments are inherently more dynamic than traditional data centres, which make them difficult to secure with a static network perimeter. And that’s exactly where Zero Trust comes in. Zero Trust works on Software Defined Perimeter (SDP), an architecture developed by DoHS (USA), to provide holistic cyber-security for a distributed technology landscape. All traffic is inspected and authorized regardless of where it originates or terminates.
Hybrid, multi-cloud environments are particularly well suited to a Zero Trust security model. This is because they often involve a mix of on-premises and cloud-based resources, which makes it difficult to trust any one source of traffic.
By adopting Zero Trust, organisations can ensure that all traffic is treated in the same way, regardless of its origin – within or outside the organization. This helps to improve security and prevent data leaks. Furthermore, it also helps to reduce costs. By treating all traffic in the same way, organisations can avoid the need to invest in separate security solutions for on-premises and cloud-based resources. Block Armour has developed a next-gen Zero Trust security platform and delivers integrated cybersecurity solutions for today’s hybrid multi-Cloud enterprise-IT environments. Powered by SDP architecture and Blockchain technology and aligned with the NIST Zero Trust framework, the platform empowers secure multi-Cloud adoption, enables enterprise-wide enforcement of Zero Trust principles, and delivers next-gen defence against multiple forms of cyberattacks.
Moreover, the platform:
1. Simplifies security management as there is no need to maintain separate security controls for each cloud provider
2. Improves security posture by eliminating the trust assumptions that are inherent in traditional security models
3. Enables organizations to take advantage of the best security features and controls offered by each cloud provider, without having to compromise on security
4. Helps to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements