“An organization that wants to implement ZT architecture needs to determine the scope of applicability for the use of ZT, and then spend all the time necessary to do thorough planning up front, before implementation,” says Herold, adding that “the more time spent planning, the less time will be spent fixing the areas overlooked when the ZT architecture was implemented.”
Meanwhile, there are a number of zero-trust network access (ZTNA) solutions utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning that channel pros can implement for both IoT and the rest of their digital ecosystems. Examples include BlackBerry’s BlackBerry Gateway; Inferati’s Zero Trust AI; Vectra’s Cognito platform; Accenture XDR; and General Dynamics IT’s (GDIT) Cyber Stack.
To get up to speed on zero trust, Herold recommends NIST’s Zero Trust Architecture report.
“[The report] provides significant research and insights about ZT architecture that clients of MSPs will find helpful,” she notes, “and also will demonstrate to them that their MSPs are providing guidance based upon some of the most rigorous cybersecurity guidance available.”