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Security Defined Cybersecurity Encyclopedia What is Zero Trust Data Protection?

Zero Trust Data Protection (ZTDP)

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What is Zero Trust Data Protection?

Zero Trust Data Protection is a new security framework created by Netskope, whereby the key principles of zero trust are applied to data protection. The zero trust concept has existed for quite some time and essentially means “do not trust anything you’re not required to trust and verify everything that must be trusted.” Following this logic, Zero Trust Data Protection is the concept of not inherently trusting any user, device, application, or service with given access to one’s data. Instead, access to data is granted on a contextually-aware, least-privileged basis that is continually assessed and dynamically adapted.

In terms of Zero Trust Data Protection, and in particular the concept of least-privileged access, think of your data in the cloud as a building full of rooms with locked doors and each lock has its own individual key and you only grant users access only to the room with the exact data that they need and nothing else.

While this concept is usually applied towards access to networks, devices, and servers, the rapid growth of cloud computing has shifted the requirements of zero trust towards data protection. It’s not enough to apply these principles to networks when data is not stored locally as often and is, instead, stored across numerous SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS clouds, as well as websites, private apps, and devices.

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White Paper: Blueprint for Zero Trust in a SASE architecture
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Benefits of Zero Trust Data Protection

The benefits of Zero Trust Data Protection are numerous, including:

  • Continuous risk assessment
  • Data context and sensitivity awareness, for better policy enforcement
  • Enables safe access-from-anywhere
  • Ensures data is protected everywhere
  • Adheres to current compliance standards

The addition of other tools like analytics platforms and inline visibility to cloud, web, and network usage allows these administrators to tailor their rules and prevent unauthorized lateral movement to other sets of data. All in all, Zero Trust Data Protection is a first line of defense against unauthorized data access and exfiltration.

 

How does Zero Trust Data Protection relate to Security Service Edge (SSE)?

Security Service Edge is the converged stack of cloud-delivered security services that provides threat and data protection as a single cloud-delivered service. Zero Trust Data Protection is Netskope’s framework for delivering those data protection capabilities based on zero trust principles of granular, least-privileged data access, along with continuous assessment that dynamically adapts access based on changing context. This context includes:

  • Users
  • Devices
  • Applications
  • Threat types
  • Geographical locations
  • Access times
  • Data characteristics

Essentially, Zero Trust Data Protection is the brain, while SSE is the central nervous system of your security infrastructure that connects your entire security infrastructure.


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