Achieving your zero-trust goals takes time, but a rapid maturity assessment is fast and comprehensive. In fact, 93 percent of organizations adopting zero trust found the benefits matched or exceeded their expectations, according to CDW. Since maturity assessments identify security gaps and make actionable recommendations on how to close them, a rapid assessment empowers companies to actively bolster their cybersecurity sooner to avoid more data losses and cyber-risks overall.
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What Does A Rapid Maturity Assessment Entail?
Zero trust is an incremental process, and as organizations progress, expert assessments can be an extremely useful tool to evaluate security issues and work toward solutions. CDW’s rapid zero-trust maturity assessment measures an organization’s IT environment against CISA’s Zero Trust Maturity Model.
This model includes five core pillars:
IDENTITY, including multifactor authentication, identity lifecycle management, visibility into user behavior analytics, identity and credential administration, and risk assessment
DEVICE, including configuration management, real-time threat analysis, asset tracking and patching
NETWORK/ENVIRONMENT, including macrosegmentation and microsegmentation, protocol encryption, machine learning–based threat protection, and Infrastructure as Code automation
APPLICATION WORKLOAD, such as continuous access authorization, application security testing, and dynamic application health and security monitoring
DATA, including classification, least-privilege access controls, end-to-end encryption, access logging, and immutable data backup and restore optionsc
The assessment also offers a four-week workshop with CDW experts to help teams design their zero-trust strategy and prioritize cybersecurity projects. Part of this roadmap includes direction on how to start tackling issues with IT resources on hand so that companies can make immediate progress.
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How Does a Rapid Maturity Assessment Facilitate Zero Trust?
Three out of every 4 breaches involve human error, as noted in Verizon’s 2023 Data Breach Investigations Report. This is part of why zero trust, which requires users and devices to prove their identities before accessing a network, is so essential.
These assessments can also catch vulnerabilities that IT leaders may miss. In fact, per PwC, “More than 40% of leaders said they do not understand the cyber-risks posed by emerging technologies, like virtual environment tools, generative AI, enterprise blockchain, quantum computing, and virtual reality/augmented reality.”
This, combined with the fact that many organizations are early in their zero trust adoption, makes rapid maturity assessments incredibly useful. A maturity assessment framework can demystify the complexity of zero trust and enable organizations to evaluate their zero-trust maturity, from identity to endpoint, network and infrastructure.