Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021

Zero Trust and SASE: Teaming Up to Stop Threats

Part of our ongoing series about Zero Trust and SASE

Spring is here and that means teams-of-superheroes movies aren’t far behind (studios no longer wait until summer). It also means we’ll see unfortunate portrayals of cybersecurity threats as villains who are battled to the death (and presumably vanquished) by whatever a particular vendor is hawking that day.

How Zero Trust Protects Threats Against Threats Using SASE

But back here in the real world, we’re seeing several dramatic shifts in the cybersecurity industry play out. As people fled their offices last year, a significant number of attackers began targeting users who weren’t accustomed to working from home. This forced many organizations to change how they were securing people they could no longer physically see or visit. And now, as people begin to trickle back into offices and airports, cybersecurity is changing yet again to cope with the fact that each individual is likely to be working in different locations—both ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ the network—even on the same day.

Unfortunately, hackers are specifically trying to steal remote users’ login credentials so that they can appear to legitimately log onto the corporate network. To combat this requires taking a skeptical eye to all attempts to access business resources, no matter where they happen. Which is exactly what Zero Trust is all about. A set of principles for how to do security, Zero Trust is often explained as ‘never trust, always verify.’ It’s quickly becoming more than just a best practice—it’s the best way to do cybersecurity.

And that’s where SASE comes in. As a cloud-based architecture designed to deliver security to people anywhere, it is an ideal way to deliver Zero Trust-as-a-service (ZTaaS). It’s a true case of ‘better together.’ Organizations around the world are now looking to SASE with Zero Trust to provide a new foundation for both empowering and securing their remote workforces.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about how SASE and Zero Trust fit together, we recently had a freewheeling discussion with Nick Cavalancia, CEO of Conversational Geek and Microsoft MVP. In this webcast, we talk about why Zero Trust matters, how SASE is being used to deliver Zero Trust-as-a-service, and how SASE and ZT work together to go beyond just securing access to also controlling the usage of data even after it has been downloaded.

About the Author

Jim Fulton

Jim Fulton is Forcepoint’s Director of SASE and Zero Trust solutions. He has been developing and delivering enterprise access and security products for more than 20 years in both Austin and Silicon Valley. He holds a degree in Computer Science from MIT.