Zero Trust is a cybersecurity strategy that assumes three truths:
The “perimeter” is gone. The notion “trust what’s inside but defend against what’s outside” is dead.
“Default deny” is the standard response for all network connections. Each one needs to be authenticated and validated.
“Digital transformation” drives the need. As apps and services explode, security teams need automated ways to implement Zero Trust technologies in real time, as soon as new infrastructure is created.
Most Zero Trust efforts focus on human identities first, establishing privileged access controls and multifactor user authentication. But as soon as these efforts begin, cybersecurity teams realize the vast majority of authentication events are between machines and workloads. These can be on-prem, in cloud platforms or in hybrid models.
Machine identity management programs provide organizations with the visibility, intelligence and automation they need for the thousands of TLS certificates, SSH keys, and code-signing keys used bin their organization. The bottom line: Zero Trust programs will not succeed if they don’t synchronize with an organization’s machine identity management program.
Venafi has been named a “Zero Trust pillar” in Forrester’s most recent report, Now Tech: Zero Trust Solution Providers. Zero Trust pillar providers are “best-of-breed singular toolings” that solve pressing use cases for information security teams. Venafi is the only provider of machine identity management solutions identified by Forrester as a critical part of Zero Trust initiatives and strategies.