How to Improve Network Security Using Zero Trust Data Access

Network Security is fortified through the implementation of Zero Trust Data Access, providing granular control, reduced attack surface, better regulatory compliance alignment, improved insider threat mitigation, wide-ranging activity tracking and reduced risk of ransomware for securing on-premises access to files and folders.


How to Improve Network Security Using Zero Trust Data Access

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What Makes Zero Trust Data Access (ZTDA) Essential for Securing Your Valuable Files and Folders?
Global Cybercrime Damage Predicted To Hit $10.5 Trillion Annually By 2025

In today’s digital landscape, where sensitive data resides within files and folders spread across networks, protecting access to these valuable assets is paramount. Traditional network security measures alone are no longer sufficient in the face of evolving cyber threats and increasing data privacy regulations.

Enter Zero Trust Data Access (ZTDA), an innovative approach that revolutionizes the way organizations secure and control both remote and on-premises access to files and folders. By shifting the focus from network perimeters to data itself, ZTDA provides granular control, reduces the attack surface, and protects access to sensitive unstructured data.

In this blog, we explore the compelling reasons why ZTDA should be at the forefront of your zero-trust security strategy, helping to safeguard your organization’s critical assets against unauthorized access and potential data breaches.  For more information, you should also read “How FileFlex Can Facilitate Secure and Controlled Network Access of Files and Folders”.

It is important to note here that in order to enjoy the following benefits of zero trust data access control, other methods of accessing organizational storage must be restricted so as to not allow the zero trust security to be bypassed.

What are the Network Security Benefits of Using Zero Trust Data Access to Control and Secure On-Premises Access to Files and Folders?

The World Will Need To Cyber Protect 200 Zettabytes Of Data By 2025 Using Zero Trust Data Access (ZTDA) as a network security measure to secure and control on-premises access to files and folders offers several benefits.  Here are some key advantages:

  1. Provides Granular Access Control:

  • ZTDA provides fine-grained access control at the data level, allowing organizations to define access policies to specific files or folders. This level of control ensures that users have access only to the files and folders they need, minimizing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches.
  1. Reduces the Attack Surface:

    • Traditional perimeter-based defenses rely on securing the network perimeter to protect resources. However, this approach can be vulnerable to advanced threats, lateral movement within the network, and insider threats. ZTDA, on the other hand, focuses on securing access to data itself. ZTDA ensures that even if an attacker gains access, they would still need explicit permissions to access and interact with the data.  By enforcing access controls at the data level, ZTDA significantly reduces the attack surface and mitigates the risk of unauthorized access to files and folders.
  2. Provides Better Compliance and Regulatory Alignment:

    • ZTDA aligns well with compliance and regulatory requirements, especially those related to data privacy and protection. By implementing granular access controls and auditing mechanisms, organizations can demonstrate compliance with regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, or the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). ZTDA enables organizations to track and monitor data access, providing auditable trails that help meet compliance obligations.
  3. Improves Adaptability and Scalability:

    • ZTDA solutions can be adaptable and scalable to various environments, including on-premises, SharePoint and cloud-based infrastructures. They can integrate with existing file servers, collaboration platforms, and cloud storage systems, allowing organizations to extend access controls consistently across different data repositories. This flexibility accommodates evolving business needs and changing IT landscapes.
  4. Enhances Insider Threat Mitigation:

    • Insider threats pose a significant risk to organizations, whether through malicious intent or inadvertent mistakes. ZTDA helps mitigate these risks by implementing the principle of least privilege. It ensures that users have only the necessary access rights to perform their tasks, reducing the potential damage caused by insider incidents.
  5. Upgrades and Wide-ranging Visibility and Auditing:

    • ZTDA solutions often provide wide-ranging visibility and activity-tracking capabilities – especially when combined with SIEM software. Organizations can monitor and track data access events, including when and who accessed which files or folders. This enhanced visibility facilitates threat detection, incident response, and forensic investigations, contributing to a proactive security posture.
  6. Reduces the Risk of Ransomware:

    • By implementing ZTDA, organizations can establish fine-grained access controls, reduce lateral movement, and use the activity tracking capabilities exported to the SIEM to reduce the growing threat of ransomware or even detect ransomware attacks in process, helping safeguard valuable data assets and business continuity.

By embracing a Zero Trust Data Access platform such as FileFlex Enterprise, organizations can fortify their network security, protect critical files and folders, and address the limitations of traditional perimeter-based defenses. ZTDA’s granular access controls, reduced attack surface, compliance alignment, adaptability and ability to mitigate ransomware make it a compelling choice for safeguarding on-premises access to files and folders in today’s dynamic threat landscape.

To learn more, check out our other blogs How FileFlex Can Facilitate Secure and Controlled Network Access of Files and Folders, Why Your Zero Trust Security Model Must Include Zero Trust Data Access, and  How to Reduce the Risk of Ransomware with the Zero Trust Platform of FileFlex Enterprise.

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Tom Ward is the VP of Marketing for Qnext Corp. He is an expert in the technology industry with a history of achievement. Tom holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.