Lightstream’s Zero Trust Security Model prevents breaches and ransomware attacks

The 5-Step Model to Implementing Zero Trust

Strategic approach protects critical assets and reduces impact on any attacked areas

Business Challenges

A cyberattack or data breach is a nightmare scenario for every business or corporation. As cyberattacks become more automated and complex, IT and security departments face an event overload, lack of time and increasing staff cost. Once a data breach occurs, the clock is ticking.

Pressure to Respond Faster
Network administrators must be concerned with protecting their organizations from outsider threats, insider threats and malware. There is pressure to respond faster and mitigate threats before damage occurs.

In-house Talent Shortages
Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly difficult to manage in-house. Many IT and security departments have a shortage of trained and experienced security analysts.

Security Strategies Need to be Adaptable
The traditional security model is vulnerable. Organizations need a more advanced security strategy to reduce the time, cost and complexity of investigating and responding to security events and analyzing the root cause. Businesses need to lower risks and their impacts and achieve a higher return on investment for their cybersecurity spend.

The Zero-Trust Solution: Never Trust. Always Verify.

Lightstream takes the old phrase “trust, but verify” and flips it on its head with the Zero Trust Readiness Assessment. This is for businesses that don’t know where to start and is a strategic approach that helps prevent data breaches.

The Zero Trust Assessment Process
STEP 1:
To begin, the Zero Trust Readiness Assessment looks at three organizational groups:

  1. Strategic
  2. Managerial
  3. Operations

STEP 2: Based on the results, Lightstream assesses gaps to develop a plan. It offers best-in-class solutions with deep integration of the platform across leading vendors including Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Cisco, Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google and VMware. Our endpoint protection is based on Palo Alto Networks Traps to block security breaches and ransomware attacks before they compromise endpoints. It also builds on the revolutionary Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR to provide Lifestream analysts and forensic specialists with threat intelligence, logs and data.

STEP 3: Within one week of completing the Zero Trust Readiness Assessment, you’ll receive a strategic advisory report. It will offer future improvements in the areas of strategic, managerial and operational levels. With that roadmap, you’ll have insight into your progress and next steps.

Addressing security challenges requires a fundamental shift in managed security services. Lightstream’s approach to cyber defense is focused on prevention and based on Zero Trust. Lightstream delivers the next generation of cloud-based security services in prevention, detection, response, forensics and threat-hunting.

Business Outcomes: Protect Your Critical Assets

The average cost of a data breach in the United States is $9.44 million[1]. Organizations with a Zero Trust security approach can potentially save $1.5 million compared to those that don’t, according to IBM Security’s “The Cost of a Data Breach Report.”[2]  With Lightstream’s Zero Trust Readiness Assessment, businesses can protect their critical assets and quickly reduce impacts of a cyberattack.

Make More Informed Security Decisions
The Zero Trust Readiness Assessment helps businesses make informed decisions about required actions, budgets and how to allocate resources. It’s developed using Zero Trust principles and enables execution of a quick and seamless strategy.

Ensure More Clarity Security Solution Implementation and Maintenance
Lightstream provides long-term and short-term recommendations to implement the Zero Trust model. Organizations also get clarity on how to implement and maintain their security policy with Zero Trust.

Get 24/7 Access to Elite Security Experts
Lightstream’s Zero Trust Readiness Assessment gives organizations 24/7 access to an elite team of security professionals – saving you time and money. You’re not alone on the path to better security.

What’s Next? Contact Lightstream
If you’re not quite sure where to begin when it comes to securing critical assets and creating a long-term security solution, Lightstream is here to help. You can start today with our Zero Trust Readiness Assessment. Contact us here.

 

 

[1] https://www.ibm.com/reports/data-breach

[2] https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/98486-435-million-the-average-cost-of-a-data-breach

Should Your Cybersecurity Strategy Incorporate the Zero Trust Model?

Should Your Cybersecurity Strategy Incorporate the Zero-Trust Model?

Zero-trust has taken over the security world and become a popular buzzword, but what is it? Why is it so important? This popular security framework centers on the philosophy that organizations shouldn’t automatically trust users or devices—not even those inside the network perimeter.

Instead, zero-trust demands organizations verify the identity and trustworthiness of every user and every device before granting access to sensitive resources. As the say goes, “Never trust, always verify.”

Traditional Firewall Security Limitations

When companies based their security on the firewall approach to protecting the network perimeter, only trusted users and devices could access the network. While it worked well for a time, it had plenty of limitations. Zero-trust minimizes those limitations to create an even more secure network and cloud environment.

Let’s explore a few firewall security limitations.

1. Making assumptions of trustworthiness

The firewall approach assumed that all users and devices within the network perimeter were trustworthy. It was (and still is) a dangerous assumption because it leaves organizations vulnerable to attacks from malicious insiders who gained access to the network.

2. Assuming the perimeter’s secure

Firewalls relied on the network perimeter being secure—always. The problem with this assumption is that it doesn’t account for attackers who could still gain access through other means, like using stolen credentials or exploiting software and network infrastructure vulnerabilities.

Why Organizations Have Shifted to Zero-Trust

Making the above assumptions puts companies at risk, making the firewall approach to security an inadequate solution in today’s complex and interconnected world. The result? A new security strategy: zero-trust.

Zero-trust emphasizes the verification of both the identity and trustworthiness of every user and device. Then, and only then, can they access sensitive assets or resources.

The Zero-Trust Approach

Zero-trust’s security framework is built on the “never trust, always verify” philosophy, which means:

  • Continual monitoring of all users, devices, and applications
  • Activity, identity, and device verification before granting network access

This approach eliminates reliance on perimeter-based security measures, instead focusing on securing access to data and resources within the network.

Zero-trust also emphasizes the importance of authentication and access controls, including using multiple factors of authentication:

  • Passwords
  • Biometrics
  • Token-based authentication

These measures ensure that only authorized users gain access to resources.

Another tenet of zero-trust is constant monitoring (through tools like network and endpoint security) of both user and device activity, which can alert security teams the second these tools detect suspicious activity.

But you’ll also want to regularly test and update security controls, constantly checking for unknown vulnerabilities. Security assessments that use both internal and external expertise and resources can help protect your organization against unknown or future threats.

Zero-trust is crucial for protecting your enterprise organization. By implementing this security strategy, you can arm yourself against the increasingly sophisticated and persistent threats your face in today’s digital world.

Are You Ready to Implement Zero-Trust?

If you’re ready to up-level your security, Lightstream can help. We strongly believe zero-trust is essential to any security strategy that aims to protect your data, network, and organization—which is why we offer a full suite of zero-trust solutions:

  • Readiness assessments
  • Consulting
  • Managed services

We often act as extensions of our clients’ security teams, helping protect you 24/7. And we use a zero-trust framework to do so.

Adopting the zero-trust approach can drastically reduce the risk of data breaches and other security threats. It can also help protect your reputation and ensure your data and resources remain secure.

So, if you want to learn more or are ready to implement it, contact us today.

5 Reasons The Pentagon Implemented Zero Trust (And Why You Should Too)

3 Simple Concepts to Consider with Zero Trust

Never trust, always verify

According to the World Economic Forum, zero trust is the way forward—and the US government agrees. “The zero trust model has been widely recognized as an effective approach to prevent data breaches,” which is why the Department of Defense is working to advance toward zero trust architectures. The Pentagon recently announced its intention to implement an enterprise-wide zero-trust framework by 2027, which comprises over 100 activities and pillars, including users, devices, data, networks, workloads, visibility, and orchestration.

Pentagon Chief Information Officer (CIO) John Sherman explained the decision to move toward a zero-trust implementation:

It doesn’t represent a defeat, it doesn’t mean that we’re not strong cyber defenders. But it recognizes that we live in a very sophisticated threat environment. We’ve got to defend differently. We can’t just defend at the perimeter.

The Pentagon is committed to transitioning network defenses to a zero-trust architecture in just a few short years for several reasons:

  • Attackers are becoming more sophisticated and using advanced methods to steal sensitive data, attack the supply chain, and more

  • The threat environment is ever-evolving and we need to adapt to ensure we build products to operate securely

  • To establish baseline security standards

  • An increased ability to detect malicious cyber activity

It’s a proactive approach to ensuring data security in the cloud and beyond. Zero-trust is good enough for the Department of Defense—and it’s good enough for you too. Let’s explore why.

 

Want to Learn More About Zero-Trust?

Whether you’re ahead of the game and have already started on your zero-trust journey or are looking for a provider to help you implement the zero-trust framework, Lightstream can help. We’re experts in all things cloud security and partner with zero-trust specialists to strategize, build, and implement zero-trust architectures. 

We’re happy to answer any questions you have, but if you’re just getting started, review our articles on zero-trust:

  1. The 5-Step Model to Implementing Zero Trust
  2. 3 Simple Concepts to Consider with Zero Trust

Ready to get started? Contact us today for a consultation.