The Zero Trust security concept may be at least 30 years old, but its adoption is only just beginning to come to fruition. It’s an endeavor that can be complex to navigate and disruptive to current MFT operations.
At the end of the day, Zero Trust security is a journey, and businesses should treat it that way. These five steps can help get you on the right path to successful Zero Trust adoption.
1. Curate and understand the data you want to protect
Before you can secure critical data, you need to have a clear view of what’s moving through your system. The better you understand how your business data flows, the easier it will be for you to act. Having additional detection capabilities in place further supports these protective MFT measures.
2. Figure out how you’re going to centralize your identity
Every user and every credential should reside in one place. That way, in the event of any malicious activity, it’s easier for you to terminate the issue. The place you select to house your centralized identity is where you’ll be able to change passwords, keys, and other security settings as situations arise.
3. Define and implement unique governance models
Every data flow should have its own governance model. This governance includes having its own visibility parameters and security measures, among other variables. By taking a needs-based approach to data governance, you can prioritize data flows on your Zero Trust security roadmap and focus your efforts in the right place.
4. Ensure you have the visibility your operations require
What are your admins doing? What are your users doing? You should have enough visibility into your MFT operations to answer these questions. You can then feed this information into an AI or SIEM system to help automate decision-making. You’ll save time while gaining a competitive edge.
5. Rationalize your current and future MFT system plans
While a wide system distribution can be powerful, it can also be more complicated to secure. The more condensed and standardized you can be in your MFT operations, the better off you will be. It becomes easier to draw circles around exposure points and wrap them in the proper security and protocols.
Ready to advance on your Zero Trust security journey? Check out this roundtable MFT talk