Zero Trust Security For The Public Sector

Integration for Zero Trust

While the term “Zero Trust Security” is fairly new, many government agencies are familiar with the concept of de-perimiterization. De-perimiterization is the shift from a security model based on network perimeters to one that focuses on users, assets, and resources. The emergence of Zero Trust Security was in response to an influx of remote users, bring your own device (BYOD) practices, and cloud adoption. 

 

Organizations in the private sector have begun implementing Zero Trust practices in recent years to improve security posture as more employees are working remote. In the past decade, federal agencies have built policies and frameworks, such as FISMA (Federal Information Security Modernization Act) and TIC (Trusted Internet Connections), to restrict authorized user access to the minimum required to complete a task or objective. At first, these frameworks were limited by technical capabilities that required policies to be controlled at various bottlenecks. With a standardized methodology for integration, agencies have the ability to continuously monitor access requests even at a granular level.  

 

By implementing a fully managed, integration platform as a service (iPaaS) such as KillerAppz®, government entities can securely integrate identity and access solutions to support Zero Trust. Without proper integration, agencies lack visibility into the vast array of security tools implemented to protect the organization. Unfortunately, most security teams lack the resources to effectively manage integrations. We build, secure, maintain, and monitor the mission critical integrations so your security professional can focus on protecting the organization.


Identity as the new perimeter

In order to achieve a Zero Trust methodology, access control must be as granular as possible to prevent unauthorized access to data, services, and devices. Agencies must shrink areas that have traditionally been trusted while simultaneously maintaining availability and minimizing disruption or delays in the authentication process. 

 

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) solutions are very common for organizations in the public and private sector. However, most MFA tools can be easily circumvented by technical attacks or social engineering. As a government agency, you must protect sensitive data and critical assets at all costs and that means implementing an MFA with a more stringent form of authentication such as biometrics. 

 

Identity is foundational to the Zero Trust framework. Our next-gen, biometric MFA, BioThenticate®, utilizes facial and fingerprint recognition as well as proprietary iris scanning technology to verify a user truly is who they say they are. With continuous and step-up authentication, agencies can grant least privileged access at a granular level to protect sensitive data and systems. By combining our proprietary, high speed iris and facial recognition with biometric sensors that exist on most smartphones, we provide a frictionless user experience and prepare your agency for the passwordless future. 

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