Cisco Zero Trust offers a comprehensive solution to secure all access across your applications and environment, from any user, device, and location. This complete zero trust security model allows you to mitigate, detect, and respond to risks across your environment. See how you can make your environment Cisco Secure today.
There are many access and identity management (IAM) solutions with some overlapping in adjacent areas. Gartner created the Buyer’s Guide for Access Management to help security leaders select a long-lasting, cost-efficient access management solution.
Zero trust is a strategic approach to security that centers on the concept of eliminating trust from an organization's network architecture. Trust is neither binary nor permanent. We can no longer assume that internal entities are trustworthy, that they can be directly managed to reduce security risk, or that checking them one time is enough. The zero-trust model of security prompts you to question your assumptions of trust at every access attempt.
Traditional security approaches assume that anything inside the corporate network can be trusted. The reality is that this assumption no longer holds true, thanks to mobility, BYOD (bring your own device), IoT, cloud adoption, increased collaboration, and a focus on business resiliency. A zero-trust model considers all resources to be external and continuously verifies trust before granting only the required access.
A zero-trust approach:
With the zero-trust model, you gain better visibility across your users, devices, containers, networks, and applications because you are verifying their security states with every access request. You can reduce your organization's attack surface by segmenting resources and only granting the absolute minimum access needed.
Adopting this model provides you with a balance between security and usability. Security teams can make it harder for attackers to collect what they need (user credentials, network access, and the ability to move laterally), and users can get a consistent and more productive security experience--regardless of where they are located, what endpoints they are using, or whether their applications are on-premises or in the cloud.
The most successful zero-trust solutions should seamlessly integrate with your infrastructure without entirely replacing existing investments. Cisco Zero Trust provides a comprehensive approach to securing all access across your applications and environment, from any user, device, and location, by:
We establish trust by verifying:
We enforce least privilege access to:
We continuously verify:
Security is not one-size-fits-all. When approaching zero-trust design, it is easier to break it down into three pillars: workforce, workload, and workplace. These align with the model proposed by Forrester to simplify adoption. There are nuances to address in each area, while all work toward the same goal.
This pillar focuses on making sure users and devices can be trusted as they access systems, regardless of location.
This pillar focuses preventing unauthorized access within application environments irrespective of where they are hosted.
This pillar focuses on secure access to the network and for any and all devices (including IoT) that connect to enterprise networks.
The platform approach of Cisco Zero Trust provides a balance between security and usability. Security teams can make it harder for attackers to collect user credentials and network access and to move laterally, and users can get a consistent and more productive security experience--regardless of where they are located, what endpoints they are using, or whether their applications are on-premises or in the cloud. Its comprehensive approach to securing all access protects the workforce, workloads, and workplace.
With Cisco Zero Trust you can:
Cisco Zero Trust provides solutions that establish trust in users and devices through authentication and continuous monitoring of each access attempt, with custom security policies that protect every application. It allows you to:
Verify your users' identities with multi-factor authentication.
Get visibility into access activity across all locations, devices, and users. Control cloud application access and prevent malicious connections.
Set policies based on your organization's risk tolerance level and requirements.
Detect fraudulent senders while adapting in real time to block phishing attacks and malware.
Identify risky devices, enforce contextual access policies, and report on device health using an agentless approach or by integrating with your device management tools.
Protect endpoints, network, and email and get visibility into network and endpoint threats while blocking and removing malware.
Cisco Zero Trust secures connections for all APIs, microservices, and containers that access your applications, whether in the cloud, data center, or other virtualized environment. Cisco Zero Trust, deployed on-premises or in the cloud, secures your app stack, and micro-segmentation helps you contain threats and protect against lateral movement.
Have control over every connection from users and devices to both your applications and your network, across a multicloud environment.
Minimize lateral movement for on-premises and multicloud environments.
Identify root causes of threats with deep diagnostic capabilities.
Enforce application-specific user and device access policies to meet your organization's security requirements for access. Flag anomalies using behavioral analysis to reduce your attack surface.
Visualize every component and dependency, across any environment, with flow maps.
Contain threats by quarantining any servers with anomalous processing behavior.
Cisco Zero Trust enables users to securely connect to your network from any device, anywhere while restricting access from non-compliant devices. Our automated network-segmentation capabilities let you set micro-perimeters for users, devices, and application traffic without requiring network redesign.
Get complete visibility by identifying, classifying, and assembling the necessary context on users and endpoints, including IoT.
Build granular segmentation directly into the network, eliminating the need for complicated infrastructure configurations.
Identify malware in encrypted traffic using network analytics.
Build visibility-based network segmentation and policy control into your security architecture.
Implement adaptive threat containment to ensure the organization's security posture evolves as threats do.
Ensure policy is enforced close to source on unencrypted traffic, as well as in the network, based on encrypted traffic analytics.
To support the successful implementation of a zero-trust security approach, Cisco Zero Trust provides a comprehensive portfolio of Cisco Secure solutions and the Zero Trust Strategy Service. It integrates with an ecosystem of other products to provide complete zero-trust security for any enterprise environment.
Connect Cisco's integrated security portfolio to your existing infrastructure for a consistent experience that unifies visibility, enables automation, and strengthens your security across network, endpoints, cloud, and applications.
“Security is constantly changing. As we move forward, Duo is going to be a critical enabler to allow us to have zero trust.”Steve Martino, CISO, Cisco
Learn more about securing your workforce, workloads, and workplace by watching this explainer video.