Authentication is foundational to zero trust. Without a solid ability to authenticate assets, users, applications, devices, data, and a myriad of other things, zero trust is not possible. It is that simple folks, and that critical.
If you want a good security practice in place, you must know who or what something is and why it is trying to request access to a particular asset. If a well-built cyber security system is just an ecosystem full of locked doors, what good are those locks if you never have the key? The key that is present across the entirety of systems is an authentication protocol.
Without authentication, all systems are just holding pens for electrons. If access is not allowed and assets are not connected via some means of authentication, nothing happens.
Policy engines make it happen.
Zero trust as a strategy was not possible until policy engines evolved to be able to manage, maintain, and control assets across infrastructures in disparate systems. Now policy engines are available, and they are the cornerstone of any good zero trust capability.
This is especially true in relation to authentication, a dynamic aspect of digital systems that powers connectivity—but also introduces great risk if uncontrolled.
Dr. Chase Cunningham, known as Dr. Zero Trust, reviews the current state of zero trust, why enterprises look first to modernize identity and access management when starting their journey, how authentication is at the critical intersection between identity and security, and why the rise of Zero Trust Authentication is the inevitable next step and is foundational to success with any zero trust initiative.
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