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Will 2022 Be the Year of Zero Trust?   Featured

As 2022 unfolds, predictions of the year ahead continue to pile up. A common theme in the latest round of prognostications is that strategies like zero trust, a cybersecurity framework that means no device is trusted by default, will spread further in the year ahead.

cyber security 1776319 640Last year, the Biden administration already mandated zero trust for federal agencies. As Security Boulevard notes in a 2022 forecast, though, for agencies and companies moving toward a zero-trust architecture, the devil is in the details. Vendors apply zero trust principles in various ways, sometimes with VPN technology under the hood and sometimes with other tech to grant or deny access.

Forbes Technology Council observes that the persistence of the remote working model and hybrid work has stoked demand for zero-trust network architecture and the like. This group of tech executives predicts that organizations will have to get used to new security architecture and the old tools living alongside each other until vendors’ offerings mature.

Security Magazine points out that as organizations embrace multi-factor authentication at least and zero-trust strategies where feasible, they shouldn’t lose sight of user experience. Authentication based on biometrics and on mobile IP addresses are two recommendations for “frictionless user experience.” Otherwise, the magazine argues, security practices may end up being counterproductive as employees work around them or ditch the login process overall.

As Emil Sayegh, CEO of cloud security firm Ntirety, writes on Forbes.com, “The best approach is to not only adopt a comprehensive security approach to every level of the IT stack, but also include all business processes in that approach.”

Security Boulevard concludes that a cybersecurity talent shortage will also remain a challenge in 2022. Ntirety’s Sayegh also contends that a further increase in cyberattacks, including ransomware and data breaches, will exacerbate the long-reported staffing “drought.” But he observes that artificial intelligence may help fill the gap.

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