Securing a Hybrid Workplace with Zero Trust
Zero-trust security, which requires strict access control and repeated user authentication, is one of the tools many businesses are implementing to enhance security measures during this time of hybrid work.
Cisco’s Darrin Miller spoke about the ways Cisco solutions can be used to build a security plan to address today’s shifting IT landscape. Miller said the keys to zero-trust security are visibility, segmentation and containment, and that Cisco’s portfolio of zero-trust solutions, which include Cisco Duo Security multifactor authentication, Cisco Tetration’s workload protections and Cisco SD-Access network segmentation, “enables users to securely connect to your network from any device, anywhere, while restricting access from noncompliant devices.”
Miller highlighted the ways Cisco Zero Trust allows users to work from anywhere, while still offering protection with automated threat containment and continuous monitoring and trust analysis.
Placing Network Security in the Cloud
Jeff Fanelli, a Cisco security architect, said the future of network security is in the cloud, pointing to Cisco’s Secure Access Services Edge (SASE). Network perimeters have disappeared in recent years due to multiple factors, including a remote workforce.
“We’ve come to the natural progression of what ‘shifting perimeter’ means, and it’s literally gone. There is no perimeter anymore,” he said. “Not just because almost all of us are working from home, but because of where applications live and the heavy use of internet services and Software as a Service for applications, and so on.”
Fanelli said realizing SASE architecture is a journey, “whether migrating, transitioning or expanding from an on-prem, network-centric stack to cloud-delivered security services and networking services in the cloud.”
Later this year, Cisco will begin offering VPN as a Service, which will introduce the concept of a backhaul virtual private network tunnel. Where businesses previously would have terminated their connections into their own environments, this new service will allow them to terminate connections via VPN into Cisco’s Umbrella SASE infrastructure.
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