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Arguing that a rise in remote work (opens in new tab) have left businesses more vulnerable to cybersecurity (opens in new tab) attacks like ransomware (opens in new tab), a new report suggests that deploying a zero trust architecture (opens in new tab) is expected to double the efficacy of cybersecurity protections against a range of threats.

Conducted by Symmetry Systems, the report surveyed 125 IT and security decision-makers in midsize and large organizations, and found businesses anticipate zero-trust architecture will increase their ability to stop data breaches (opens in new tab) by 144%. 

Interestingly, the two lowest anticipated increases with zero-trust are preventing ransomware (83% increase) and identifying vulnerabilities that attackers could target (78% increase), though Symmetry System notes that these increases are significant too.

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According to the report, most businesses look at zero trust to strengthen cybersecurity protections primarily focused on internal matters, such as identity and access management (IAM (opens in new tab)) and application access management for employees, and internally-facing applications.

In fact, by limiting an insiders’ scope of access to sensitive corporate data, the respondents expected the efficacy of their protections against insider threats (opens in new tab) to double.

However, the report also found that businesses don’t look at zero trust as an answer to all threats. 

“On average, there is still a 40% to 50% gap left between the anticipated future state with zero trust and a robust set of complete cybersecurity protections. Respondents expect zero trust to make a significant contribution to reducing the scope of threats (as it should), but do not expect it to completely mitigate every threat alone (as it cannot),” finds (opens in new tab) the report.

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Mayank Sharma
Mayank Sharma

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.