07.11.23 11:33 AM By Frederik

Zafepass Prevent & Protect – Fast Facts Intro

The Zafepass Prevent & Protect platform are by design leveraging Guard-Railed, Micro- Perimeter, and De-perimeterization based methodologies for ‘access and security’.

These are innovative approaches that organizations would adopt to address the challenges posed by the evolving landscape of IT (Information Tech.), OT (Operational Tech.), and IoT (Internet of Things) environments.

These approaches offer several advantages compared to traditional security measures like VPN (Virtual Private Network), PKI (Public Key Infrastructure), IAM (Identity and Access Management), CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker), DLP (Data Loss Prevention), and XDR (Extended Detection and Response), just to mention a few.

Let's break down the advantages of the new approaches and the problems with the traditional ones:

Advantages of Guard-Railed, Micro-Perimeter, and Deperimeterization:

  1. Segmentation and Reduced Attack Surface: The Zafepass approach focus on micro-segmenting down to individual resources, the access and the user-sessions by creating isolated micro-perimeters around every asset, application and/or data. This segmentation reduces/minimizes the attack surface and make it impossible for threats to move laterally to any other ‘micro-perimeter’ (segment).
  2. Granular Access Control: Instead of granting broad network access through VPNs, Zafepass enforce granular access controls including ‘environmental fingerprints’ ensuring only entitles users and devices are allowed access the specific resources they need. The risk of unauthorized access is hereby mitigated.
  3. Beyond ZeroTrust, SASE, SSE, Software Defined Perimeter and alike: The Zafepass design exceeds ‘these frameworks’ in several ways. Assuming compromise of any- thing, least privileged access and constant validation has been part of our design for 20 years. Every access request is authenticated and authorized’ regardless of whether the request originates from inside or outside the perimeter. The design includes constant validation, advanced obfuscation and preventive mechanisms, as well as ephemeral connectivity and end-to-end dynamic encryption.
  4. Adaptability to IoT and OT: As IoT and OT devices proliferate, traditional security solutions struggle to manage and secure these devices. The Zafepass Guard-Railed and Micro-Perimeter approaches are designed to handle the unique access and security challenges posed by these environments.
  5. Contextual Awareness (Attribute Based Access, Communication and Identity Control): Zafepass Prevent & Protect incorporate contextual awareness, taking into account, user behavior, device health, and other factors to make access decisions. Zafepass’ dynamic non-interruptive approach enhances security without causing unnecessary friction for legitimate users or lead to operational disruption.
  6. Cloud-Centric Security: With organizations increasingly adopting cloud services, traditional security measures can become less effective. The Zafepass approaches are designed with cloud environments in mind, ensuring consistent security across on-premises and cloud-based resources.

Challenges with traditional solutions (VPN, PKI, IAM, CASB, DLP, XDR):

  1. Limited Perimeter Protection: Traditional perimeter-based security, such as VPNs, relies on the assumption that internal network traffic is trusted. This approach becomes less effective as remote work, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and cloud services blur the traditional network boundaries.
  2. Complexity and User Experience: Traditional solutions like VPNs and PKI can introduce complexity for users, leading to poor user experience. Users often find VPN connections cumbersome, and PKI management can be challenging.
  3. Scalability Challenges: As organizations scale and adopt new technologies, managing identities and access control through IAM can become complex and resource-intensive.
  4. Lack of Visibility: Traditional solutions might lack visibility into cloud services and applications, making it difficult to enforce consistent security policies across all environments.
  5. Inadequate for IoT and OT:Traditional security solutions are often ill-equipped to handle the unique challenges posed by IoT and OT devices, which may have limited security capabilities and diverse communication protocols.
  6. Alert Fatigue: Traditional security solutions like XDR and DLP can generate a high volume of alerts, leading to alert fatigue for security teams and potentially causing critical alerts to be overlooked.
  7. Data Protection Challenges: While DLP solutions aim to prevent data loss, they might struggle to effectively monitor and protect data in decentralized, cloud- based, and IoT / OT environments.

Zafepass offer a more adaptive and dynamic approach to access, communication and security in today's complex IT, OT, and IoT landscapes.

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