October is Cybersecurity Month and as we near the end of the month, we certainly don’t near the end of cyber-attacks on organisations or individuals. PurpleSec’s 2021 Cybersecurity Trends Report found that Cybercrime was up 600% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Accenture’s Insight into the Cyber Threat landscape in South Africa report of 2020 noted that South Africa has the third-highest number of cyber attacks in the world.
Trust is a commodity that is becoming rarer by the minute in the cyberworld.
The concept of Zero trust is a security model that brings together strict identity verification and non-negotiable permissions for every person or actor that attempts to access or use network resources. This is regardless of whether the person is inside the network or accessing it remotely.
The term was first introduced by Forrester Research in 2010. The philosophy behind Zero Trust is simple: Never trust. Always Verify. Traditional models operate on Trust but Verify.
US President Joe Biden’s May 12 Executive Order on Improving the country’s Cybersecurity focused on advancing concepts such as zero trust. The concept is a mandatory focus for what is considered as best cybersecurity measures in a business.
The main benefit of using a Zero Trust approach is protection from all sides in your organisation’s structure and particularly from within. It is the answer to today’s modern digital transformation.
Considered as the most vendor neutral set of standards, NIST 800-207 includes elements from Forrestor’s ZTX and Gartner’s CARTA.
How Fortitude will bring you Zero-Trust in your organisation
The most common cause of cyber-attacks is caused through human error. From opening suspicious links in emails, using weak passwords, to browsing insecure sites, the backdoors for malicious actors to gain access are numerous. Research has shown that the average downtime caused by an attack in South Africa is six days. This is millions of rands in lost revenue, productivity and a lowered trust index with end-users or customers.
Fortitude enables Zero Trust by replicating your organisation’s digital footprint and methods of access, replicating user behaviour to show vulnerabilities and recommending a resolve almost immediately. The resolution is to improve and enable the ‘Never Trust. Always Verify.’ policy.
Nihka’s Fortitude range of testing services works 24/7.
Our AI solution understands your environment, finds weaknesses, replicates, and makes recommendations to fix. It is an Artificial Intelligence security engine that self learns your IT systems without human intervention; removing the need for costly cybersecurity resources that can’t replicate the layout of Fortitude.
Fortitude goes beyond known vulnerabilities to intelligent exploit detection. Giving more insight into implementation for a zero-trust framework. And what’s even better is that you can integrate Fortitude into your DevOps before production. Giving you a significant advantage over other organisations.
Fortitude is POPI compliant and aligns with the CyberCrimes Act of South Africa.
The Nihka Technology Group is a South African technology company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Group is focused on bringing the digital future to both the private and public sectors, locally and globally by delivering innovative, integrated technologies and intelligent solutions. Nihka offers end-to-end multi-dimensional consulting with an emphasis on integrating the human potential. Bringing EQ into AI.