Verizon creates a global Zero-Trust Architecture

Zero Trust Networking blocks unauthorized devices and users from corporate data access

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Verizon has today announced the creation of a global Zero-Trust Architecture, achieved by embedding a Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) over its private IP MPLS network.

Verizon’s Zero Trust network essentially blocks connectivity from unknown devices, making corporate data virtually invisible to anyone without approved access, mitigating against credential theft and server exploitation.

SDP has grown in popularity due to the rising number of remote employees with access to sensitive corporate applications, connecting via traditional virtual private network (VPN) technology. Earlier this year, the Verizon DBIR found that 29% of the 2000 data breaches investigated involved stolen credentials with misconfiguration errors in the cloud increasing year-over-year, exposing more than 60 million records highlighting the benefits of using a SDP.

The service is now available to the company’s global Private IP and Ethernet customers who currently run over 330,000 connections covering 800,000 network route miles in more than 150 countries.

“For the past decade, enterprises have connected their employees and third parties directly to their internal networks via virtual private networks (VPN). Once they are through the firewall, they then have access to a multitude of critical data.

With Zero Trust Architecture embedded in the network, all users are isolated from the corporate network but are still able to directly access their authorised applications. It’s all about protecting corporate data, but also enabling people to do their job,” said Vickie Lonker, Verizon’s vice president of product management and development.

How SDP works?

The technology isolates an enterprise’s servers from vulnerabilities and configuration errors and integrates multifactor authentication, using a One-Time Password (OTP) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) for multi-factor authentication. The newly-launched service can be switched on by simply deploying the necessary SDP clients and setting up authorised user lists for the applications that need to be accessed.

Demand fuelled by mobile employees

The rising number of remote employees with access to sensitive corporate information such as regulated data, intellectual property and corporate financial data – connecting via traditional virtual private network (VPN) technology – has led to the robust adoption of SDP.

The 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that 29% of the 2000 data breaches investigated involved stolen credentials with misconfiguration errors in the cloud increasing year-over-year, highlighting the limitations of relying solely on perimeter security controls to protect corporate data.

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