One Identity Characterizes Zero Trust as a Core Element of Cybersecurity Strategy

One Identity, a leader in unified identity security, released its global survey findings that unpack the state of zero trust awareness and adoption across the enterprise.

As zero trust awareness rises on the heels of the White House’s “Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity” and a year plagued by disastrous cybersecurity incidents, One Identity reveals that only 1 in 5 security stakeholders are confident in their organizations’ understanding of zero trust.

According to the Dimensional Research-conducted survey of 1,009 IT security professionals, zero trust is a main security priority for most organizations, but comprehensive understanding and adoption of the Forrester-founded framework remains inconsistent.

While 75 percent of organizations recognize zero trust as being critically or very important to bolstering overall cybersecurity posture, only 14 percent report they have implemented fully a solution. Another 39 percent of organizations have begun to address this need, and an additional 22 percent note they plan to implement zero trust over the course of the next year.

Among key barriers to widespread zero trust success is a lack of clarity on how adoption can be achieved. Sixty-one percent of security professionals are focusing their implementation on reconfiguring access policies, while 54 percent believe it begins with identifying how sensitive data moves throughout the network. While 51 percent are implementing new technology to achieve Zero Trust.

In total, a substantial 32 percent of security teams lack a comprehensive understanding of how zero trust should be implemented within their organization. Other key barriers include competing priorities, and beliefs that zero trust can hinder business productivity.

“Organizations recognize that the traditional perimeter is no longer enough and that they will be best served by prioritizing identity security and taking steps to ensure bad actors are limited once they gain access,” said Bhagwat Swaroop, president and general manager, One Identity. “Zero trust is fast becoming an enterprise imperative because it eliminates vulnerable permissions and excessive access by delivering a continuum of different rights across the organization to ultimately limit attack surfaces if they are breached.”

One Identity’s unified identity security platform enables organizations to make zero trust a reality. By providing 360-degree visibility across all identities, the ability to verify everything before granting access, and adaptive security controls, organizations can reduce risk from cyberattacks, and limit damage from crippling and expensive breaches. To learn more, visit here.