I believe it was a great hip-hop poet who once stated and we quote, “I go hard in the paint”. Yes, hip hop poet Waka Flocka Flame released his single “Hard in the Paint” nearly 11 years ago. The single remained on the billboard charts for 20 weeks.
While the catchy and prolific tune caught the ears of many, I’m not sure the meaning was fully understood. To “go hard in the paint” means to give it all you got. It means to be fully committed and invested in receiving the outcome that you desire. Going "hard in the paint" means it’s time to score and score big. As of recently it appears the Biden administration has decided to “go hard in the paint” regarding cyber security. The result of this was the recently released Zero Trust Cyber Security policy initiative. However, if you’re not fully tapped in; you may not even know what zero trust means.
We will attempt to break it down for you and offer some clarity as you continue your cyber security journey. Due to heightened cyber security attacks on many levels including but not limited to the federal government sectors; The federal government rolled out a zero trust cyber security plan in an effort to combat the overwhelming increase of cyber security attacks. The federal government is also aggressively pushing to increase engagement of agencies adopting this initiative. The idea is to create a more effective model for security to stop data breaches.
So, what is zero trust? It’s a model for more effective security to help stop data breaches.
Why are mainstream companies adopting zero trust technologies? Cyber attacks have increased tremendously and CIOs are seeking a method to implement that will help protect their data systems. How does Zero Trust Work? Companies can now vet who can intermingle with their systems versus allowing trust to all users. This means that a company's IT department can leverage who the users are, what their location is, and other data to determine if they can access and/or be a part of that specific enterprise. This for instance can look like multi-factor authentication.
Have all companies started using Zero Trust? Zero trust is not an overnight movement. Many companies are making real time adaptations to create a space for cyber security longevity that enhances their companies ability while securing their users accessibility. It will take time as many revisions are constantly needed in any upgrades and/or new system uses The purpose of this blog is to not only inform you of the necessity for cyber security but to continue the ongoing question of what you are personally doing to protect yourself, your personal information and your business. Major corporations to the federal government are taking specific and deliberate steps to wear off ransomware attacks that are increasing on a regular basis.
The question we will continue to pose is what are you doing? Perhaps it is time you adopt a "zero trust" policy with the sites you patronize and begin to adopt a "100% trust of yourself."
Yes, you deserve it! We hope you are not paralyzed by fear but instead inspired with knowledge, preparation and faith in your abilities. You don’t have to do it alone.
Not sure where to begin? Need some insight on next steps? We have some experts who can help you in real time create a real game plan.
At Nine Mile we believe prevention is the best protection and have the tools plus know-how to support you.