Embracing Trust in a World of Zero Trust

Trusting No One

In 2009, Forrester introduced the concept of Zero Trust, warning that the traditional perimeter-based security approaches were becoming ineffective and even dangerous in a world where data rapidly proliferates beyond those barriers.1

Years later, as CISOs, CIOs, and CTOs begin to embrace cloud- and hybrid-based architectures, that warning has become an imperative: Adopt a new paradigm of protecting your data or risk financial and reputational risk as security and privacy breaches grow both in size and sophistication.

This concept of “Zero Trust” advises security leaders to examine the numerous trust assumptions they make throughout their architecture.  From inadvertent data disclosure to insider threats, an organization cannot blindly trust anyone outside or even inside its perimeter.  To meet the ever-present threats, security leaders often believe they must construct elaborate data silos around each of the applications and locations where data resides, verifying anything and everything before granting access to the data requested.  These “data castles” are designed to protect a company’s “crown jewels,” but they still don’t account for the fluidity of that data as it exits structured applications and storage sites into unstructured files and emails.

Erecting security silos for applications across an organization replicates the already outmoded paradigm of perimeter security.  It also exponentially increases the challenges of managing policy.  As systems move to the cloud, security management is outsourced to cloud providers, who may operate under different standards, or the burden falls to IT, who find themselves overwhelmed by the increasing complexity.  Business users arrive with their own imperative; they expect—and often demand—access to data anywhere, anytime, from any device, and this directly leads to organizational conflict between Risk, Security, IT, and Line of Business leaders.  When organizations cannot trust each other with their data, they quash innovation and diminish their competitive edge.

Given the imperative to safeguard data and the fluid nature of that data: Is there a consistent source of trust, reliable at any and every point in time, that organizations can trust?

Embracing Trust

Ionic believes trust can be cryptographically guaranteed through technology.  Our Data Trust Platform is designed around the premise “in math we trust,” and our secure protocol and hybrid architecture mathematically ensure that no man or machine—not even Ionic—can get in the middle of your business.

Your data is the lifeblood of your business.  A data-centric approach to security is mandatory in a world where you can trust no one but must make timely, smart, and safe decisions to conduct your business.  Protecting data within an application can be as simple as using Ionic’s SDK, making an API call to invoke the power of the Data Trust Platform.  That protection travels with the data as it is exported out of a structured application.  Policy is checked real-time each and every time that data is requested, no matter where it travels.  Breaches are a question of when, not whether, and Ionic’s data-centric approach immediately reduces your threat surface.

The Ionic Data Trust Platform also immediately reduces complexity, connecting world-class cloud applications, cloud storage providers, device IoT technologies, and system integrators into a Data Trust Ecosystem that extends a single control plane across those numerous and diverse data silos.  Ionic’s policy engine reasons over rich contextual attributes, bringing consistency and auditability to your data, regardless of where it travels.  Set a single policy that applies across your architecture and neutralize the conflict between competing imperatives: Be secure and innovate freely.

Paradoxically, focusing narrowly on the data itself brings this much broader perspective: We’ve spent decades constructing elaborate castles to protect our data, but what we truly care about is protecting the goods in all those castles.

The largest financial, audit, manufacturing, and public sector organizations in the world use Ionic today.  After watching a demonstration of Ionic, a leading CISO confided that “Ionic is like a fine-tuned sensor, providing a level of accuracy and granular visibility for every decision over a piece of data, whenever it needs to be accessed, anytime, from anywhere.”

Watch the On Demand webcast featuring a guest speaker from Forrester, Stephanie Balaouras VP, Research Director serving Security & Risk, to learn more about the five steps they recommend to implement a Zero Trust security strategy, and also receive a demonstration from Ionic of its revolutionary Data Trust Platform.

Foot Note
  1. No More Chewy Centers: The Zero Trust Model Of Information Security, Forrester Research, Inc., March 23, 2016
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