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Why a Zero Trust Security Architecture is criticalto protect against advanced cyber threatsReality check: Your network is almost certainly under attack right now.With recent cyber attacks impacting federal agencies, including the SolarWinds hack, many agencies are prioritizing Zero Trust security architecture to protect their data.Adopting a Zero Trust framework can harden your environment against attacks and minimize the impact if your organization is compromised.What is Zero Trust architecture?Zero Trust is a comprehensive approach to security that limits malicious cyber actors' ability to freely explore a network by not "trusting" any user or system within the secure perimeter.A shift in cybersecurity mindset accepting that a network is already breached, or will beAn architecture designed to specifically reduce damage caused by attacksA reduction in implicit trust of authenticated usersA prescribed set of incremental steps to improve defenses against advanced cyber threatsThe reality is, modern cyber threats exist on both sides of traditional network boundaries. That's why Zero Trust architecture is shaped around business outcomes to maintain user productivity while defending the network from both internal and external sources.Eliminates implicit trust in any one element, node, or serviceRequires continuous verification of the operation picture via real-time information from multiple sources to determine access and other system responsesFocuses on protecting data in real-time within a dynamic threat environmentWithout Zero Trust ArchitectureA compromised device gives a malicious actor access to the network. Since the actor could access the network, they're assumed to be trustworthy and can move freely about, causing widespread destruction or exfiltration of sensitive data.With Zero Trust ArchitectureA compromised device gives a malicious actor access to only part of the network. Critical answers to questions regarding "who, what, when, where, and how" help appropriately allow or deny access to resources. A data-centric security model allows the concept of least-privileged access to be applied for every access decision.Continuous verification prevents the outsider from exploring the whole network, containing the damage.Zero Trust components In a coordinated manner throughout all aspects of security infrastructure, Zero Trust Architecture embeds:Comprehensive security monitoringGranular, risk-based access controlsSecurity system automationWhy your organization needs a Zero Trust strategy Reaching Zero Trust status is a pivotal target for major government agencies, including the Department of Defense.Do you trust everyone on your network?80%of data breachesinvolve compromised privilegedcredentials.1In 2020 alone, there weremore than1,000known databreaches in the United States,affecting over150 millionindividuals.2How many more unknown cases might there be?Taking actionMany agencies recognize the importance and potential of Zero Trust, but few have fully executed implementation plans.72%of organizations plannedto implement Zero Trust in 20203Essential components of a Zero Trust technology solutionYour network has been breached. How are you minimizing the impact? Leidos Zero Trust architecture is made up of mitigation protocols including:Software-defined perimeters Essentially a next-generation VPNMicro-segmentation More granular access control inside a data centerIdentity-aware proxies Help control access to resources in the cloud via authentication and user-based access controlWith a commitment to an adaptive defense strategy and sustainable threat protection, Leidos helps our customers outpace adversaries and secure what matters most to your organization. Contact us to learn more about our proven processes and how we can help you implement your Zero Trust Architecture. leidos.com1forrester.com/report/The+Forrester+Wave+Privileged+Identity+Management+Q4+2018/-/E-RES141474#2statista.com/statistics/273550/data-breaches-recorded-in-the-united-states-by-number-of-breaches-and-records-exposed3intelligentciso.com/2020/02/19/72-of-organisations-plan-to-implement-zero-trust-capabilities-this-year