Zero trust has a deserved reputation for being difficult both to initiate and maintain. The premise or promise makes perfect sense, but the practice has become unfeasible for many.

FREMONT, CA: There are many reports of failed attempts to implement zero-trust network access (ZTNA), particularly in smaller and medium-sized enterprises, even though its value and importance today cannot be understated. Zero trust has a well-deserved reputation for being challenging to establish and keep.

Zero trust need not be complex. In fact, rather than being deployed as distinct solutions or as something wholly novel and challenging to grasp, zero trust may be included in well-known, current security systems.

Surprisingly, three variables that frequently determine whether zero trust is effective or fails are management principles rather than obscure technological minutiae.

Easing the Path to Zero Trust

General complexity is the first consideration. Complexity, it is well known, is the enemy of security. Solutions and practices that are too complicated render security useless and encourage workarounds that get around the solution or practice. An illustration of this used to be the old post-It notes with passwords taped to the side of an employee's display as a workaround for strict password requirements.

As long as it satisfies the criteria, integrating zero trust into an existing solution or architecture aids in reducing complexity. Staff workloads are reduced and there is one less thing to worry about when there is no longer a need for yet another system or tool to be installed, maintained, and kept up to date with various modifications. It is significantly preferable to extend an established, well-known system to achieve zero trust.

Some security platforms or suites already have or will include full-service zero trust. Zero trust may be included with managed cybersecurity services' offerings. Even contemporary VPNs for small and medium-sized enterprises have included or will soon include a pretty simple method to establish a zero-trust posture.

Accommodating Modern Realities

The second factor is that they are not appropriate for the distributed, cloud-first enterprises of today. The success of a rollout will likely be compromised if a zero-trust architecture requires that components be placed on networks that are entirely under one's control or are based on conventional on-premises networks and data centres. The zero trust solution will fall short if SaaS apps, the use of the public cloud for data and resources, and the predominance of a mainly or entirely remote workforce cannot be effectively accommodated.

If zero trust is to be successful, it must also take into account Web3 and metaverse technologies. Through 2027, completely virtual workspaces will account for 30 per cent of the growth in enterprise investment in metaverse technology and will reimagine the office experience.

Another possibility is that there is too much complexity implemented, which hinders or restricts employees' natural working habits. 66 per cent of employees believe that to satisfy business or job needs, they will have to compromise security for speed. To fulfil a deadline or goal, another 79 per cent of respondents stated they had already had to make a similar trade-off.