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Zero Trust

Zero Trust is a cyber security strategy that focuses on the fundamental belief that organizations should not automatically grant user access to any human or machine identity without first being fully verified and authenticated.

Rather than focusing on constantly trying to strengthen and defend an organization’s network perimeter, Zero Trust assumes that a breach has already taken place, so it includes a design that acknowledges data needs to be protected both inside and outside the network.

The main objective of Zero Trust is to mitigate both internal and external cybersecurity breaches in modern hybrid cloud environments.

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At ObserveID, we believe that practicing Zero Trust should not require implementing new technologies. With the ObserveID platform, Zero Trust is built-in by automatically removing all trust from every human and machine identity. Instead, we strictly grant the finite level of access and permissions required to complete the specific job function required by that identity.

The ObserveID platform incorporates Zero Trust as part of the overall approach to Identity Lifecycle Management. This includesJust-in-Time (JIT) provisioning, continuous identity intelligence and automation, entitlement management observability, and the enforcement of governance policies such as Principles of Least Privilege (PoLP).  

With ObserveID, to achieve Zero Trust, an organization does not need to replace its existing IAM/PAM/SIEM solutions. With the help ofObserveID’s leading Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM)platform, organizations can begin to enforce Zero Trust in a phased-in approach with our fully integrated SaaS solution.

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Using the ObserveID continuous six step identity management process, we help organizations achieve their Zero Trust goals

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  • Identity Observability. As Gartner® recently predicted: “by 2023 at least 75% of security breaches will be the result of mismanaged identities and entitlements”. We think that is a conservative estimate and the number will be much higher. Since a majority of insider threat and external attacks involve privileged access abuse, ObserveID takes a holistic view of all the organization’s human and machine identities. This observability helps identify the most important privileged, orphaned, or dormant accounts, and various credentials across the organization’s environment to pinpoint potential vulnerabilities that could jeopardize their most sensitive data and critical infrastructure – essentially learning how much ‘trust’ has been granted to all the organization’s identities.
  • Identity Intelligence and Automation. With the intelligence gained through the continuous observability process, ObserveID helps the organization implement and automate access controls and policies for protecting their privileged accounts and user access permissions that present the most risk as it relates to Zero Trust. With this intelligence, the organization can proactively create customized alerts and automated remediation protections to halt any incoming threats before they strike.
  • Identity Detection and Authentication. Once the Zero Trust policies are in place, ObserveID’s detection and authentication kicks into action to help narrow the focus of trust for associated identities. ObserveID features Just-in-Time provisioning, as well as a ticket-based managerial request/approval process to enable the authentication of privileged access at the exact time and point-of-access to help mitigate the risk of overprivileged credential-based attacks. Unless an extension is granted, the user access will revert to Zero Trust at the time allocated when the session is over. At the end of the session a password rotation automatically takes effect as an additional multi-factor security measure.
  • Identity Enforcement. If an internal or external attacker maliciously gains access to a privileged credential or account, their identity would appear to be a trusted user. However, by continuously monitoring and detecting abnormal behavior with internal privileged access levels, ObserveID can quickly enforce the policies in place to protect endpoint security. ObserveID helps organizations place tight controls around what end users can access, and when access is breached, various alerts or lockdowns will isolate layers between endpoints, applications, users and systems.  ObserveID will automatically reset that access back to Zero Trust and then continue to monitor access to reduce the attack surface.
  • Identity Governance and The Principle of Least Privilege. Among the most essential parts of the Zero Trust model is the Principle of Least Privilege. ObserveID helps the organization understand all 5 W’s of access: Who has What access, When and Why they have it, and from Where they are accessing it. With all this information on human and machine identities obtained, organizations can have complete visibility and reporting functionality for compliance and audit purposes. By applying the Principle of Least Privilege through the ObserveID platform, further governance requirements are achieved because organizations will have policies in place to avoid risky entitlements and overprivileged access and permissions. This governance feature completes the continuous identity management process allowing the organization to fully achieve its Zero Trust journey.