Microsoft has announced a new endeavor that aims to curb data theft, network compromise, and hacking attempts. The Microsoft Zero Trust Deployment Center takes a “never trust, always verify” approach towards network security, and treats the network as already compromised while safeguarding data.
Microsoft Zero Trust Deployment Center is part of the Zero Trust networking security management model. Essentially, the model simply assumes that the internal computer and server network is already compromised. It then takes steps and deploys protocols to protect valuable corporate data despite the presumed active threats. Simply put, the model is always on guard and never assumes the internal network is protected.
Microsoft Zero Trust Deployment Center Documentation Highlights Why The ‘Not Trust’ Approach Is Important:
With thousands of companies asking employees to work remotely, sensitive data has been flowing out of the secured company’s internal networks in large quantities. Hence it has become ever important and critical to safeguard the data and ensure the integrity of servers remains intact. Microsoft has launched its Zero Trust Deployment Center to help businesses transitioning to this new way of working while protecting data and users. Microsoft offers the following brief explanation about the Zero Trust security model:
“Instead of assuming everything behind the corporate firewall is safe, the Zero Trust model assumes breach and verifies each request as though it originates from an open network. Regardless of where the request originates or what resource it accesses, Zero Trust teaches us to “never trust, always verify.” Every access request is fully authenticated, authorized, and encrypted before granting access. Micro-segmentation and least privileged access principles are applied to minimize lateral movement. Rich intelligence and analytics are utilized to detect and respond to anomalies in real-time.”
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The Zero Trust model has a set of documentation that offers detailed procedures on how to implement principles of Zero Trust. There are sections about setting up infrastructure, network, data, and environment-readiness, among many other things. Microsoft assures the repository offers guidance about Zero Trust deployment in plain-level objectives and action items to ease the environment setup.
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Incidentally, quite a few companies working with sensitive data and several employees working remotely, already have the ‘Zero Trust’ philosophy. Microsoft claims the Zero Trust documentation repository will be useful in determining the progress and efficacy of the deployed tools and procedures.
Microsoft has granted access to the Zero Trust documentation repository to any company that is interested. Companies can visit the Deployment Center here. Meanwhile, organizations that have already implemented the Zero Trust model can test its maturity using Microsoft’s tool here.