Real world ‘Zero Trust’ – Where to start, How to Sustain, What to measure for success.

Strategic Relevance: In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, characterized by digital transformation, cloud services, and hybrid work, the enterprise environment has become complex and challenging to secure. Trust boundaries have blurred, rendering traditional perimeter-driven defense inadequate. The shift from “trust, but verify” to “never trust, always verify” is embodied in the principle of zero trust. With trends like digital transformation and hybrid work, organizations need to adopt a zero-trust approach to effectively protect against rising attack vectors.

Challenges & Opportunities:

Challenges:

  • Scope: Implementing zero trust beyond the network is complex and time-consuming.
  • Complexity: Zero trust involves multiple policies, technologies, and solutions for security.
  • Productivity Impact: Balancing access restrictions with productivity is a challenge.

Opportunities:

  • Modern Workplace Enablement: Zero trust promotes secure and flexible access.
  • Risk Reduction: Zero trust enhances threat detection and response.
  • Business Agility: Zero trust supports innovation and integration with partners.

Future Trends

  • Zero trust will serve as the foundation for more hybrid cloud integrations.
  • The demand for endpoint security visibility and control is growing rapidly.
  • There will be an increased focus on improving identity and access management.

Best Practices & Key takeaways

  • Secure the rapidly changing network perimeter by implementing a zero trust approach that minimizes access and actively monitors for risky behavior.
  • Support remote and hybrid work by enabling secure access from any device, anytime, and anywhere.
  • Improve the employee experience by simplifying access through single sign-on (SSO) or biometrics, reducing the reliance on multiple passwords, and supporting a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model.
Ninad Varadkar
Group Chief information Security Officer
Edelweiss Financial Services Limited

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