Why your company needs a zero trust security policy for its database

by Jan 30, 2023Insights

A zero trust policy enhances cyber security without significantly adding to costs or complexity. Adopting a zero trust security policy for your corporate databases is easy and it secures remote access while also enhancing existing cyber security tools. 

This type of policy means that your database is safe from both internal and external threats. Internal threats don’t only arise from ill-intent, but may simply be the result of human error or carelessness. A remote-working employee accessing the corporate database from an insecure WiFi connection in a coffee shop, for instance, may expose your digital assets to hackers or malware.

With the rise of remote and hybrid work, zero trust becomes a proactive way to maintain data security. It also ensures that non-human users, such as Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and data analysis tools, fall under the cyber security umbrella. 

Malicious users and malware can be difficult to detect. In some instances, a data breach can take months to identify and remedy. Compromised corporate networks can lead to significant damage both in terms of a potential loss of intellectual property, reputational damage and revenue.  

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Never trust, always verify

With a zero trust approach to cyber security, there is the assumption that no user device or computer system can be trusted. In order to access digital assets, such as a database, all users need to be verified first. 

Once the user is authorised, they are granted access to the database environment; this can be as simple as two factor authentication. Designing a zero trust architecture doesn’t require enterprises to reinvent their cyber security system. Instead, it’s about knowing your users, assessing their behaviour and imposing authentication tools across the board.

Worldwide adoption of zero trust models

According to research, there is widespread adoption of zero trust policies, or plans to do so in the near future. In a recent global survey, 80% of respondents said that they already have zero trust models in place or plans to implement it. Database security plays a central role in these models. By adopting a zero trust mindset, businesses can protect the critical assets which are stored, processed and backed up on their databases.

As business networks grow, more users join, creating an increased use of mobile and other technologies. Therefore, it is essential that databases are fortified with an additional layer of protection. Zero trust policies generally allow organisations to do this without making major changes to the cyber security solutions. By leveraging automation, these policies can be rolled out quickly and effortlessly. 

Through data analytics, organisations can gain insight into who is logging into their systems, from where and to what end. This helps to build a picture of what is happening on the business network, ensuring that any suspicious behaviour or abnormal activity is quickly detected, contained and remedied.

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Improved database security with zero trust

A zero trust approach to cyber security leads to improved database performance and efficiency. By reducing the risk of data breach, businesses can ensure the smooth running of their databases. 

As technology evolves and improves, so do the tools available to cyber criminals. Increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks can cripple a business network, particularly when databases are infiltrated. A zero trust approach ensures that your data integrity is maintained. For more information about our database solutions and cyber security offerings, please contact us today.

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