Rethinking access: Zero trust in the hybrid era

Let’s explore a scenario. The phone rings, and it’s your CIO. They inform you that the digital transformation of your business is about to take the next step. You will be required to onboard an unprecedented number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices to enable and propel productivity.

At Ignite Technology, we completely understand that this is not an easy task. You’re probably already dealing with the great cloud migration, and the ever-increasing requirements for implementing a bring your own device (BYOD) policy across your company. The mobile workforce is causing you to shudder each and every time the phone rings.

You know it’s time to be proactive. Nobody wants that call — the one that says you’ve just been the latest casualty of the Malware Economy. Or, just as bad (if not worse), the call that says your access policy has just shut down a critical function of your business.

You know that cyber security is key to maintaining business continuity. So, how do you balance the need to drive your digital evolution and develop the capabilities you need to push your business forward? All while managing the increased risk these advancements pose?

Zero trust addresses the challenges of today’s ever-changing digital climate.
With the increasing need for hybrid cloud environments and ensuring secure access to remote workers across the globe, many organizations are reviewing their existing security standards and policy.

The request for access to sensitive company resources and data has been exasperated by cloud migration, mobility, and the proliferation of IoT-connected devices. These innovations hold great opportunity in designing a better experience for your users (customers and employees alike).

Beyond creating efficiencies and making more time for the work that matters most, these new paradigms have introduced a new level of complexity when it comes to securing data and supporting compliance.

Providing secure access to trusted users and endpoints is harder to achieve.
Our partners at Cisco are responsible for the Identity Services Engine (ISE) that solves for this massive problem. ISE ensures secure network access for trusted users, and endpoints to the apps they need to meet business objectives.

The ISE ecosystem allows for proper and accurate asset inventories that are leveraged to classify endpoints into profiled groups for automated policy implementation to enable granular control within segmented zones of trust, and rapid threat containment.

Make ISE the centerpiece of your zero-trust approach.
It delivers complete visibility by identifying, classifying, and assembling the necessary context on users and endpoints. It continually authenticates and authorizes them based on your business intent (your security policy), and grants an appropriate level of network access – based on the principle of least privilege – to limit access based on the needs of an employee’s role or function.

By controlling access to only what’s needed to reach business outcomes, your organizational risk is reduced, and compliance is assured.

Many stand-alone solutions simply “bolt on” security to the network, which often results in operational complexity and performance issues. ISE focuses in on security that’s built directly into your network.

Balance security and usability while you mitigate threats.
Managing and mitigating threats in the hybrid workplace doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Next time your phone rings, you can tell the CIO you’ve got it covered. Connect with one of our experts today to learn more about how Cisco’s ISE could benefit you and your team.

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