Today’s cybersecurity landscape is constantly shifting, evolving and attacks from threat actors are not only expected, they have become an inevitable part of the digital ecosystem.

 

Almost every day there’s a news story about a big data breach. And often, it’s the high-profile companies that you would least expect making headlines. This is one of the many reasons why different organisations across various industries are increasing their security investments and adopting a zero-trust model.

 

You’ve most likely come across the term which was originally coined by a Forrester Research analyst in 2009. With more and more organisations heading to the cloud or implementing some sort of hybrid cloud infrastructure, zero trust has become the answer to obsolete perimeter-reliant security models (such as private networks, firewalls, and VPN/VPC).

 

Simply put, a zero trust framework assumes everything is compromised, applying the principle of least privilege to pieces of your architecture that were once considered safe. It doesn’t matter if an employee is sitting in the office or working remotely, their device must be authenticated and continuously validated for security configuration and posture.

 

In a cloud-anywhere environment, zero trust is far more than a buzzword—it’s become the gold standard in digital transformation where data security matters most. When taking into account that 91% of all cyber-attacks begin with a phishing email, zero trust also plays an important part of cyber hygiene and establishing trustworthiness. Enforcing ‘never trust, always verify’ in an environment that encourages working from anywhere, at any time, and on any device means that security has to be a part of hardware, operating systems, virtualisation systems and workloads. Trust must be built into everything—from the silicon that runs the software to the software itself because continuous data protection is not only critical, it’s best practice if you want to enable swift recovery from malware and other threats.

 

Zero trust may not be a new idea, but it is a new approach to the way security architecture should happen within every business. And as new mobile apps, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) drive innovation in nearly every industry, more robust security practices must adapt to keep up. It sounds complicated but zero trust can actually simplify your approach to security and make managing your environment that much easier.  Zero trust not only enhances security, it does so cost effectively and can make security as elastic as an organisation’s environment demands.

 

Launched in 2021, HPE Project Aurora is a security platform that extends HPE’s silicon root of trust with new embedded and integrated solutions. Its edge-to-cloud zero trust security architecture works by measuring everything before it is enabled (or released) for execution and continuously repeats this measurement during runtime. With Project Aurora, HPE has standardised security by measuring, attesting, and verifying everything—from silicon to cloud.

 

HPE GreenLake also employs a zero trust-enabled architecture to address end-to-end security for edge-to-cloud deployments. As a platform, HPE GreenLake continuously applies more than 2,200 separate security controls to protect customers and their data in real time. By embedding security technologies into HPE GreenLake to automatically attest to the integrity of your data infrastructure, making it easier to ensure security and compliance.

 

Regardless of where your devices or data is located, an edge-to-cloud architecture means better business insights and intelligence. Zero trust is a framework, a mindset and at HPE, a fundamental approach to security that will continue to help organisations of every size safeguard their data in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

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