Identity Security is Zero Trust Security

The shift to remote work and the reliance on cloud-based services mean more critical business operations than ever are being conducted outside the corporate network. This provides increased flexibility and allows employees to work from anywhere and on any device. But it also presents cybercriminals with even more opportunities to infiltrate user accounts—which ultimately puts systems at risk.

This means the enterprise security perimeter has changed. Your employees, contractors, vendors, and even non-human bots are the new corporate firewall. Responding to this new dynamic, organizations are embracing the Zero Trust security model.

Zero Trust plays a key role in cybersecurity.

Ultimate Guide to Zero Trust

What is Zero Trust?

The Zero Trust model is based on the idea that no one should automatically be trusted – either from inside or outside a network – until their identity has been fully verified. That means authentication is required before users are given access to resources, even if those users are employees already inside a network. A Zero Trust methodology means treating every identity and every device as a potential threat, which has proven effective in reducing security risks and preventing data breaches. In fact, 99% of companies surveyed indicate that a recently implemented Zero Trust model is already delivering increased security.1

How does Zero Trust work?

Since Zero Trust means all network traffic is untrusted by default, access is granted according to the principle of “Least Privilege,” meaning that every user is granted the least amount of access in order to do their job successfully — no more, no less. This requires not only knowing who currently has access to which resources but who should have access and under what circumstances.

Zero Trust security also means continuously securing and authenticating users, since workers often switch between devices, locations, and platforms. It also means regularly re-verifying users even after they enter a network.

With Zero Trust, systems continue to authenticate users by monitoring their behavior. If something suspicious is detected, the user is logged out and asked to reauthenticate.

Why Zero Trust Relies on Identity

Identity data that is used to verify a user plays a crucial role in Zero Trust since it is contains key information such as identity attributes, access rights, access entitlements, behavioral data, and role & group memberships. In fact, according to a recent IDSA report, 97% of IT security experts agree that identity is a foundational component of a Zero Trust security model.2

Because of the volume of identity data, it is beyond the scope of human ability to sort through all of this information manually. Analyzing vast amounts of identity-related data in order to make correct access decisions requires the use of tools that leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Collecting the necessary identity data also requires integrations across all security systems that support a Zero Trust strategy. This means identity and security systems must work together in order to obtain the most comprehensive picture of access and usage.

  1. “Identity is the Zero Trust Keystone,” Dimensional Research & SailPoint Study, 2021
  2. 2021 Trends in Securing Digital Identities, Identity Defined Security Alliance

How SailPoint Enables Zero Trust

SailPoint Identity Security enables the management and governance of access for every identity within an organization. Specifically, this entails automating the identity lifecycle, maintaining up-to-date identity data, and assessing a range of signals to govern and respond to access risks.

The SailPoint Identity Security platform harnesses the power of AI and ML to provide deep identity intelligence to:

  • Automate access as users join, change roles, or leave the organization
  • Manage the integrity of identity attributes
  • Deliver just enough, timely access through Least Privilege
  • Continuously monitor and respond to changes and threats that introduce risk

Because Zero Trust architecture requires a holistic approach that involves multiple systems and teams, SailPoint Identity Security easily connects and integrates with your other IT and security apps to dynamically share identity intelligence — giving you greater visibility and control over access risk.

SailPoint helps organizations embrace Zero Trust by providing them the ability to:

  • Never Trust, Always Verify
    Go beyond simple authentication decisions and use a complete, up-to-date identity record for each user. This includes using permissions, entitlements, attributes and roles to verify what they should have access to.
  • Deliver Just Enough, Timely Access
    Enforce Least Privilege at scale using roles, role-based access controls (RBAC), and complex access policy logic to ensure that users only have access to the resources they need when they need them
  • Continuously Monitor, Analyze, and Adapt
    Employ strategies to keep security up-to-date and adapt as changes happen and when new threats are detected to ensure your organization can continue to innovate while staying secure and compliant.

Enable Zero Trust Security with Robust Identity Security

Complete Visibility

Gain a 360-degree view of all user types and their related access – including all permissions, entitlements, attributes, and roles.

Leverage a Single Source-of-Truth

Create accurate, up-to-date identity records that all access decisions can be based on.

Secure Access Controls

Grant just-enough access using roles, fine-grained entitlements, permissions, and rules.

Enforce Separation-of-Duties

Detect and prevent toxic access combinations to avoid potential fraud or data theft.

Ensure Consistent Governance

Measure the effectiveness of access controls for apps, data, and cloud services to ensure that permissions comply with all policies.

Get Deeper Insights

Use AI-driven insights to gain deep visibility and understanding into all user access, including trends, roles, outliers, and relationships.

Move Beyond Spreadsheets

Automate key processes so managers can easily respond to access reviews and certification requests.

Improve Compliance

Nail audit inquiries and maintain compliance by knowing that users only have the access they need to do their job.

Catch Risky Users

See where users have too much access and remove it to stay secure and compliant.

Do More with Less Effort

Automate low-risk access so you can focus on the high-risk access that could make your organization vulnerable.

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with an Identity Security Approach

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