Bringing More Reliable Security to Cloud-Based Networks
For an effective zero-trust architecture, agencies require all-inclusive solutions that can cater to the loopholes in standard zero-trust methodologies. One way to achieve this is with a secure access service edge (SASE) platform. SASE is a subset of cloud security that embodies security policies in a way suited for identity, contextual scenarios and constantly monitors and gauges risk, extending safety to cloud-based apps. SASE guards access to an organization’s cloud network no matter the location of the devices requesting access, and it encapsulates key cloud-based security technologies, such as cloud access security broker (CASB) and zero-trust network access (ZTNA). To put it simply, SASE allows users to connect to applications remotely regardless of where they are located, while also keeping corporate security controls and policies in place.
Within the scope of SASE, CASB does the function of crucial monitoring of cloud-based apps, risks, and uncommon privilege changes. Cloud environment changes happen in real-time, so should the monitoring in any manner. ZTNA provides users undisrupted and reliable connectivity to private applications without ever having them on the network or availing apps to the internet. These technologies build upon an effective zero-trust strategy. It is predicted that by 2025, at least 60% of enterprises will have specific strategies for SASE adoption.
Stacking security applications on top of the platform will significantly extend an agency’s zero-trust strategy from endpoint to cloud. This will be inclusive of solutions like antivirus and anti-malware programs that can detect viruses and malware while they’re being downloaded to a device. It also includes techniques such as enterprise digital rights management (EDRM), data loss prevention, etc.
EDRM encrypts files to ensure access policies. When agencies can collect the sensitive data being transferred, the SASE platform ensures this inclusivity of all cloud apps when agencies collect sensitive information being transferred and set flexible guidelines for user access based on data such as the victim’s identity, location, etc.
The government should continuously push forth with the public cloud and use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) to ascertain that the applications running on its clouds are within a set of security standards. Making use of third-party vendors, rather than spending a lot of time and money in constructing their IT systems and infrastructure, will assist in formulating a more cost-sensitive and reliable route to having an effective zero-trust platform.
by LaShaune R. Littlejohn of Phoenix Star Creative, LLC