Using a Zero-Trust Model in the Cloud to Protect Data

See how using Zero-Trust encryption creates a protective layer around your data, no matter where it goes.

 

‘Data’ has become the watchword of the century. When we look back at this time in history, we will think of it not as the Digital Age, but as the ‘Age of Data’.

 

The Age of Data is facilitated using cloud computing, mobile devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT). These technologies have transformed our businesses, creating a multi-faceted and complex data ecosystem that can be hard to manage and secure.

 

The first half of 2019 saw a 54% increase in data breaches. The situation is getting so bad that the World Economic Forum has published a report stating that cyber-attacks and data theft are likely to be “higher than average” in 2019.

 

The theft of data is something which should concern all of us with data breaches harmfully impacting companies of all sectors and sizes. A key issue of data in a cloud-based environment is control. The very nature of a cloud-based infrastructure means that the cloud providers have access to the keys used in an encryption scheme. Having a Zero Trust architecture means just that –a basis of zero trust is applied; the result is that the cloud providers are unable to access the plain text or encryption keys.

 

There are solutions, but the complexity of the modern data ecosystem makes the choice a challenge. In this article, we will take a look at the available options of Zero-Trust Encryption and how this method can be applied to data to meet security needs.

 

 

Why Zero-Trust Encryption?

Zero-trust has been gaining ground, ever since the concept of “never trust, always verify” was established. The driving force behind Zero-Trust was to move from the failed perimeter-centric approach, to a data and identity centric model. A Zero-Trust encryption model enforces the idea that data flow needs to be authenticated and verified, to ensure cloud data security,

 

The benefits of Zero-Trust Encryption include:

 

· Full control of data: Built on the basis of end-to-end encryption. Customers have control over private data even within cloud-based platforms – this includes full granularity in access control. Data is only encrypted and decrypted on-premise.

· Data protection, no matter where data resides: Continuous encryption across the data to flow safely. Even if data is intercepted, it will remain encrypted, and is therefore inaccessible.

· Build your own data microperimeter: The encrypted data can only be decrypted on-premise. This essentially builds a microperimeter around the data itself.

 

Kindite’s Zero-Trust Encryption Solution

Kindite has developed a powerful data encryption technology that embraces the concept of Zero-Trust Encryption. It provides a mechanism to process data, even over cloud environments, whilst retaining the level of protection needed to keep sensitive data safe. This is all performed within a service that requires no code changes to your protected applications. It is also cloud-agnostic and highly scalable. One important key feature: Kindite Zero-Trust Encryption supports the running of common requests against any data source without change. In addition to the general benefits of Zero-Trust Encryption mentioned above, Kindite also offers:

 

· Encryption-as-a-Service: Zero-Trust Encryption comes as-a-service, making is highly accessible, manageable, and scalable.

· Cloud-provider agnostic: The average company uses 1,427 distinct cloud services. Any Zero-Trust Encryption solution must be cloud-provider agnostic to ensure full support.

 

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