What is Zero Trust Approach?

As the world moves further into digitalization, the constant threat that haunts us all is data breaches. Almost all our information has circulated the web at least once. With more and more people opting to online banking and shopping even sensitive information such as billing addresses and credit card information gets stored online. Everytime you log into a new application, more of your data is being tracked and stored for advertising and targeting purposes.

While all this is fine, it becomes an issue when hackers manage to break into an organization’s data pool; this is what is known as a data breach. With workplace environments becoming more diverse, and workers being mobile, organizations today face a new challenge in maintaining security. Recent industry reports show that large-scale data breaches occur every month and can be traced back to misconfigurations amongst other things Many systems have been implemented to ramp up cybersecurity in efforts to adapt to the changing demands and to stop these data breaches that could land an organization in a lot of trouble. One such system is the Microsoft Zero Trust Model.

To put simply, the Zero Trust Model is an approach and a concept that trusts no one, therefore is programmed to doubt everything inside and outside of an organization. Since the organization does not automatically trust anything outside its perimeters, everything needs to be granted authentication before gaining access to its resources regardless of user or application environment.  Until the system has identified the user, and their authorization to access any server,  said user will not be allowed entry. This deliberate change of mindset means becoming predictive: moving from reacting to a breach to anticipating it and having the processes in place to respond.  This may seem like a very drastic move but consider this; cybercrime is set to cost the world $6 trillion by the end of this year and this number is only going to go up. The stakes are high enough that drastic measures such as the Zero Trust Approach are not only optimal but necessary.

The Zero Trust Model is held on six pillars which are identities, devices, data, apps, infrastructure and network. These six pillars are a framework and each of these six foundational elements is a source of signal, a control plane for enforcement, and a critical resource to be defended. This makes each area crucial for investments.

  1. Identity

The Zero Trust control plane is defined by identities, whether they represent people, systems, or IoT devices. When a user tries to access a resource, there is a need to authenticate that identity using strong authentication, and to ensure that access is compliant and appropriate for that identity.

  1. Devices

Once an identification is proven, data can be transmitted to a number of devices, including IoT devices and smartphones. Because of this variety, there is a large attack surface area that must be monitored and enforced for secure access.

  1. Data

At the end of the day, security professionals are concerned with safeguarding data. Where possible, data should remain safe even if it leaves the devices, apps and networks the organization controls. Data should be classified, labeled, and encrypted, and access should be limited based on these characteristics.

  1. Apps

The interface through which data is consumed is provided by applications and APIs. Controls and technologies should be applied to monitor for abnormal behavior and to control user actions.

  1. Infrastructure

 Hardening against attacks on premises or in the cloud by detecting attacks and anomalies, and automatically blocking and flagging risky behavior.

  1. Network

Networks should be segmented  and real-time threat protection, end-to-end encryption, monitoring, and analytics should be used.

As you begin to assess your Zero Trust readiness and begin to plan on the changes to improve the protection across your identities, devices, applications, data, infrastructure, and networks, focus on these key areas to help your Zero Trust implementation to be more effective. infoTrek offers a comprehensive Microsoft Security course planner that caters for any level of expertise in the cybersecurity field. Sign up today and get certified to protect your organization.

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Top Training and Coaching Company Award in APAC 2021.

Info Trek has been rewarded the Top Training and Coaching Award in the Asia Pacific for 2021.

Manage HR magazine will give this prestigious award annually to the most deserving training and coaching providers in multiple regions across the world. Working with the best partners in the industry, Info Trek has successfully held 20,000 training classes helping over 100,000 people to upskill and obtain certifications that are globally recognized. We owe all our success to you, our biggest supporters who have trusted us along each step of the way. Here’s to looking forward to all our endeavors together in the future! In the meantime, let us go over all the ways Info Trek stands out from others in this industry.

First and foremost, we’re not just your average training provider, we pride ourselves in being a holistic training solution provider that goes above and beyond to meet your training needs. As the name suggests, we don’t just offer you our courses. No! We take a comprehensive approach by analyzing our clients needs.

The best training solution providers will work hard to grasp your primary company objectives and strive for your achievement.

No two clients are alike, therefore we tailor our courses to provide the most return for our clients with various of sector background. With the ever changing times, we do our part to constantly add new training and certifications to reflect and meet the current market demands as to be the best in this industry.

Furthermore, apart from our wide range of courses and experienced trainers, we do our best to ensure the safety and comfort of each and every client. We do not run our training classes in typical, shabby training centres. We believe that you need the best environment to optimize your learning experience and thus we run all our classes in 5 star hotels. You can rest assured that you will be well taken care of during your time with us. We aren’t the best for no reason.

Lastly, we have over 25 years of a proven track record in successfully running training classes for people from all walks of life. Be it an organization looking to provide its staff with training or job seekers looking to increase value of their resumes, we give all our diverse clients equal priority as we believe upskilling is not just important, but very much necessary in a constantly evolving landscape. Our experience over these years is unparalleled and we will keep doing our part to continue serving you for many more years to come.

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Is a certification in Microsoft Office actually worth it?

Microsoft Certification Journey

Microsoft Office comprises the five main Office apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. With this productivity suite being used as a baseline in majority industry, it is indisputable why most people tend to opt out of taking professional Microsoft Office certifications. The common misconception is that these applications are not very complex thus do not need to be pursued professionally. This is far from the truth. Although the basic functions require little to no extra learning, the functionality of these applications are more diverse than we know.

What are the Microsoft Certifications offered?

There are three levels of certification that are offered for the Microsoft Office suite being the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), MOS Expert, and MOS Master. Each level does not necessarily touch on different aspects of the application but is much rather an indication of proficiency in the usage of these applications. The certifications emphasize on a mastery of usage and not administration nor installation.

It is understandable that not everyone needs to get this professional certification as some are being complacent and sufficient with the basic functions of Microsoft Office. But, there’s a quote that says

“In training, there is no winning or losing, only learning” – Tucker Max,

you can never think upskilling yourself as any kind of waste. Furthermore, with the acquired knowledge, it will be much more than only experience and learning, it will be a plus point in your resume as a professional skill that you successfully obtained.

Is it worth it?

If you are looking to further your career especially in business, you may want to consider taking the Microsoft Office certification. This is because most employers list proficiency in Microsoft Office applications as one of the main hiring criteria when recruiting. If you have a basic knowledge of how to use these applications, you would probably be good to go. Having a certification would definitely boost your chances of being hired. It is always good to have a professional certification to vouch for your skills.

If you are actively using the Microsoft Office applications, you should look into these certifications to help you be more efficient and productive. Cut the time to work out on a simple task, increase your proficiency in the Microsoft Office applications. It will not only speed up your work process but also improve the quality of your work. Most companies are keen to send their employees for certifications, especially those that brings most benefits to their everyday work.

Look into the right certification that suits your job responsibilities, skill level and go for it! It will be one of the best decision you make for yourself.