Zero Trust Security

Zero Trust Endpoint Security

Zero Trust Endpoint Security is the topic of this article. Zero Trust is based on the idea that nothing within or outside an organization’s perimeter should be trusted, and that everything attempting to connect to the network should be validated before access is given.

A Familiar Tune – Zero Trust on the Network

Zero Trust is a network architectural security approach that is becoming increasingly popular and well-known. For network security professionals, the term “never trust, always verify” is a regular refrain. Network segmentation and granular enforcement depending on user, data, and location are required to implement a Zero Trust architecture. This ensures that only the most privileged users get access.

This preserves least-privileged access and stringent access control, providing you with the network visibility and context you need to prevent lateral movement and detect attacks from within your network.

As security technologies have progressed, the amount of data to protect has increased dramatically. In today’s extremely mobile environment, data moves with endpoints, making endpoints appealing targets for cyberattacks.

Endpoint Zero Trust – A Holistic “Zero Trust” Story

Endpoint security solutions protect and gather data on endpoint activities, whereas network security products do the same for networks. Both must collaborate to successfully battle sophisticated threats. 

The only way to accomplish complete protection and adopt the Zero Trust paradigm throughout your whole security architecture is to use an integrated platform strategy that combines endpoint and network security.

Multiple Layers of Security to Protect Endpoints

Traditional security methods fail if an attacker can get around the weakest link, such as through spreading malware or exploiting application flaws. The goal of network security is to prevent as many assaults as possible from reaching an endpoint over the network, whether they be malware, phishing attempts, or exploits. The goal of endpoint security is to neutralize an attacker’s capacity to inflict harm if an attack hits the endpoint through a USB drive or other non-network means.

Network Security and Integration

Extending Zero Trust to the endpoint creates a single, comprehensive security architecture that combines endpoint and network security. The endpoint’s intelligence should be provided into the firewall, and vice versa. This enables you to design a security policy that accurately reflects such activities and enforces it on the endpoint.

Managing a Variety of Endpoints

Endpoint protection must be integrated with a firewall for a security policy to follow endpoints wherever they go to strengthen security posture and adopt Zero Trust. This connection must also be smooth and light in order to have little impact on the user.

Layer 2–7 Access Control

As traffic enters the network, endpoints often scan it for possible dangers. Inside the encrypted VPN tunnel, this policy must implement threat protection rules, URL filtering, and malware sandboxing capabilities. The next-generation firewalls should also include SSL decryption capabilities so that they can decrypt encrypted communication and evaluate if it is dangerous or not.

GlobalProtect uses next-generation firewalls to examine traffic and provide full visibility of all network traffic, apps, ports, and protocols. This visibility provides for smooth security policy enforcement on endpoints, regardless of the user’s location.