7 key steps to implementing Zero Trust

by Theresa Lanowitz, Director Cybersecurity Communications, AT&T Business

Cybercriminals don’t sleep. The news is filled with stories of cyberattacks against software companies, governments, airport websites, social media platforms, hotels, hospitals, universities, and more. In early 2023, a ransomware attack on a large food company forced it to shut down production plants and halt food shipments to grocery stores.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A Zero Trust framework can help shield your business against threats by continuously authenticating and authorizing users.

Zero Trust is a network security principle that says, “Trust no user.” In other words, assume that every user, device, app, network, and cloud is at risk of compromise. A Zero Trust approach requires total situational awareness about activities on the network, including monitoring and logging what internal users are doing, and inspecting and logging all incoming and outgoing traffic.

Fewer than 1% of organizations have implemented a Zero Trust program, but that’s changing. Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2026, 10% of large enterprises will have a mature and measurable Zero Trust program in place.1

Have you developed an effective Zero Trust strategy? It can be baffling to know how to begin. Start by asking why Zero Trust is important to your business. Be sure to factor in your goals, the kinds of threats you are facing and where they’re arising, and the departments and business segments that need to be included. This can help you formulate a Zero Trust strategy and build a strong case to get buy-in from leadership.

Let’s get started. Download our infographic, “Bring Zero Trust to your network,” and learn how to secure your network in 7 key steps. Learn more about AT&T Cybersecurity solutions or contact your AT&T Business representative.

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1“Gartner Predicts 10% of Large Enterprises Will Have a Mature and Measurable Zero-Trust Program in Place by 2026,” Gartner, January 23, 2023, https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2023-01-23-gartner-predicts-10-percent-of-large-enterprises-will-have-a-mature-and-measurable-zero-trust-program-in-place-by-2026

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