Zero-trust cybersecurity and cloud are two tech concepts that you simply can’t avoid hearing about in some capacity. These buzzwords have been all over the news and even included in recent cybersecurity executive orders from the President.
Despite their prevalence in government agencies, adopting cloud and zero trust can be challenging. Zero trust means greater security and visibility, better data protection and fewer vulnerabilities. Migrating to the cloud gives employees a central hub for data sharing and collaboration.
Grasping the broad strokes and knowing the “why” of zero trust and cloud is important, but it can still be difficult to know where to start with implementation. Let’s explore best practices for kick-starting zero-trust cloud security in your organization:
Don’t look for a turnkey approach to zero trust. If a vendor tells you its technology will make your entire organization compliant with all principles of zero trust, don’t believe it. Many tools and processes must go into making zero trust possible, including changes in policies and strategies, along with buy-in from employees and the agencies they work for.
Require a software bill of materials. The security of the tools you use and the partners you rely on is important. Agencies should fully vet every partner and third-party product by requesting a software bill of materials to truly know what you are purchasing.
Understand that zero trust is a journey, not a destination. Threats change, technology changes and missions change. In order to make sure your agency is on the right track with your zero-trust strategies and technologies, choose metrics that are important to your organization and measure them quarterly.
These best practices can help guide you as your organization begins to put zero-trust cloud security in place. For more information as you get started, check out this market trends report, “How to Solve the Cybersecurity Puzzle.”
Check out this video to learn more about zero-trust cloud security from our partners, AWS and Sumo Logic.