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Implementing the NIST Zero Trust Architecture with Skyhigh Security

July 12, 2023

By Shawn Dappen - Director, Systems Engineering, Skyhigh Security

The NIST Zero Trust Architecture is a cybersecurity framework that assumes that all users, devices, and applications are untrusted, and therefore requires strict access controls and continuous monitoring to protect against cyber threats. Skyhigh Security is a cloud security platform that can help organizations implement the NIST Zero Trust Architecture by providing visibility, control, and protection for cloud applications and data.

Here are the steps to implement the NIST Zero Trust Architecture with Skyhigh Security:

  1. Identify and map your organization’s assets, data, and users: Start by identifying your organization’s critical assets, data, and users. This will help you understand what needs to be protected and who should have access to it.
  2. Define access policies: Based on the asset mapping, define access policies that limit access to only those users and devices that are authorized. Use Skyhigh Security to enforce access controls and policies across all your cloud applications and data.
  3. Implement multi-factor authentication: Require multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all users, especially for access to sensitive data and applications. Skyhigh Security supports various MFA methods, such as SMS, push notifications, and biometrics.
  4. Use least-privilege access: Grant access only on a need-to-know basis, and limit access to only the minimum required for users to perform their job functions. Skyhigh Security can help you enforce least-privilege access policies across all your cloud applications and data.
  5. Monitor and detect: Implement continuous monitoring and detection to identify any unusual behavior or suspicious activity. Use Skyhigh Security’s analytics and reporting capabilities to monitor user behavior and detect anomalies.
  6. Implement micro-segmentation: Segment your network into smaller, isolated zones to limit the spread of any potential breaches. Use Skyhigh Security to enforce micro-segmentation policies across all your cloud applications and data.
  7. Conduct regular security assessments: Regularly assess your security posture and identify any potential vulnerabilities. Use Skyhigh Security’s vulnerability management features to identify and address any security gaps.
  8. By implementing the NIST Zero Trust Architecture with Skyhigh Security, organizations can significantly enhance their cybersecurity posture and protect their cloud applications and data against cyber threats.

    To learn more about what Skyhigh Security products can do for you, request a demo today.

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