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Are You Prepared to Protect Your Data in a Changing Security Landscape?

Ensure your cyberdefenses can combat rising threats

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With cyberattacks growing in volume and complexity, and data and apps residing everywhere and being accessed from anywhere, it’s time to adopt a zero trust philosophy. Use this checklist to help you capitalize on this approach to better safeguard data and mitigate risk.

Key Considerations for Strengthening Cybersecurity Effectiveness

Do I have the visibility I need across my network?

Can I identify what data I need to protect? Can I identify which people and devices are connecting to my network? Do I have insight into which devices they’re using and which applications they’re accessing? How regularly do I conduct threat assessments and red and blue team exercises?

What maturity level have I achieved on my zero trust journey?

Have I shifted my cybersecurity planning philosophy to make trust decisions based on user or device identity, not location? Does my security architecture provide appropriate levels of access to systems and data based on our security policy? Do I make explicit vs. implicit security decisions that reflect the least-privilege principle? Am I benchmarking progress against established zero trust standards such as those from CISA, NIST and NCCOE?

What steps have I taken to better support zero trust best practices?

Have I shifted traditional perimeter security functions to a decentralized model using Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) approaches? What investments have I made in identity and access management, next-generation endpoint and have I prioritized data loss prevention solutions? Do I have a holistic, well-aligned cybersecurity strategy that supports business outcomes? Do I understand where my gaps and vulnerabilities are, and prioritized addressing them? Am I being careful not to sacrifice performance to achieve better risk management?

How quickly can I detect, mitigate and recover from a cyberattack, if one occurs?

For cyber-risk insurance purposes, have I evaluated the value of my data and what the impact would be if exfiltration occurred? How resilient is my environment? Do I have the proper tools in place to detect breaches and bring down time-to-response? How often do I test my backup/recovery systems? Do I have procedures in place to comply with SEC cybersecurity disclosure rules?

Implementing zero trust principles and best practices is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful guidance. We’re here to help you get it right. Contact your Account Team or give us a call.


As you continue to advance on your zero trust journey, review our roadmap to see how the right solutions can help you bolster your cybersecurity and achieve the business outcomes you seek.