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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How to advance your Career

you didn't come this far to only come this far

Imagine, you’ve studied hard and graduated with first honours in your field, researched for the best jobs and managed to land yourself an executive level job at your dream company, life is great. Now, it’s been five years down the road and you’re still right where you started. Not so peachy anymore, right? Believe it or not, this is the story of many working adults nowadays, many people start off and retire at the same position. Make an impactful changes to advance your career.

Of course, some will claim that in today’s job climate, having and retaining a job is a huge accomplishment. While this is true, we also acknowledge the real need for growth and advancement in your career.

For starters moving up the ranks can provide you a thicker paycheck that you may need now due to your growing responsibilities. An upward movement in your career path will also introduce new challenges and keep you on your toes. Eventually, you will be bored with the repetitive work from the same role you carry. The new challenges brought by a promotion could very well do the trick to bring back the motivation and vigor you started out with.

Here is the big questions; how to advance your career? Read on for some helpful tips.

  1. Give more
turn ideas into reality

Every company wants staff who can contribute and add value to the organizational team. Do what you can to show your company you are a valuable team member and would be a good long term investment. One such way you can do is analyzing the needs or shortcomings of your company and addressing them in an objective manner. If you can provide suggestions or solutions that would be even better! This would show your superiors that you care about the company as a whole and not just in your tasks alone.

  1. Upskill
Fuel your passion

Another way to add value to your organization is by adding value to yourself. Look into skill training courses that would help you be better at your job or pick up some new skills that could help you take on new tasks. Let your superiors know that you are ready to handle more challenges with the added skills you have prepared to climb up the career ladder. Most skill training courses and certifications are provided at very affordable rates and have a flexible learning plan. However, Majority is reluctant to take training courses as it might affect their working time, fret not, we are flexible in arranging it at your convenience. We can book a space at your preferred hotel to do the training. Also, you can check with your organization if your skill training course could be sponsored, chances are the answer would be a yes! Check out the extensive list of InfoTrek guaranteed to run courses for 2021.

  1. Ask
You got this!

This is probably the most blatantly obvious, yet many do not do this. Sometimes the best way to secure a promotion is to simply ask. Don’t waste time waiting for your company to notice your skills and contribution and for them to make the offer because it may never come. Work on yourself and once you believe you have done enough to deserve a promotion and are ready to take the next step, arrange a meeting with your superiors and discuss your career progression. Tell them what you bring to the table, or better yet, show them. You should also discuss how giving you the promotion would positively impact the organization as a whole.

Six Types of Remote Workers and How to Support Them

It’s always been true that a great team is what makes your company successful, but how a team operates and where it operates from has changed over the years. How do you know you’re making the best use of technology to keep your employees and business as efficient as possible?

In this e-book, we’ll explore the six types of remote workers who impact your team, evaluate their technical needs, and assess how Office 365 Business Premium can help you enhance and simplify their remote work styles across all their devices, bringing new levels of productivity to your business.

Download this e-book and meet the six types of remote workers:

  • The night owl
  • The jet setter
  • The road warrior
  • The commuter
  • The migrator
  • The industry expert

A Crash Course in Office 365

You and your team are likely some of the 1.2 billion people worldwide who have used Office 365. You’re familiar with standard apps like Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. But when it comes to your business’s ever-changing needs and challenges, there’s more to Office 365 than meets the eye. From business intelligence programs to communication and teamwork solutions, advances in these productivity tools are changing the way we live and work. And whether your team’s concerns revolve around topics like security, mobile device management, or working remotely, a shift to the cloud can do more for your growing business than ever before.

In this e-book, you’ll learn how to make the best use of specific Office 365 apps across six critical areas of your business:

  • Mobility
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Security
  • Productivity
  • Insights

A Developer’s Guide to Building AI Applications

Artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating the digital transformation for every industry, with examples spanning manufacturing, retail, finance, healthcare, and many others. At this rate, every industry will be able to use AI to amplify human ingenuity. This e-Book provides a comprehensive roadmap for developers to build their first AI-infused application.

Using a Conference Buddy as an example, you’ll learn the key ingredients needed to develop an intelligent chatbot that helps conference participants interact with speakers.

This eBook provides an introduction to the tools, infrastructure, and services on the Microsoft AI Platform, and teaches you how to create powerful, intelligent applications:

  • Understand how the intersection of cloud, data, and AI is enabling organizations to build intelligent systems.
  • Learn the tools, infrastructure, and services available as part of the Microsoft AI Platform for developing AI applications.
  • Teach the Conference Buddy application new AI skills, using pre-built AI capabilities such as vision, translation, and speech.
  • Learn about the Open Neural Network Exchange.

Learn how to build apps across multiple platforms with programming languages like C#, F#, and Visual Basic. Supported on Windows, Linux, and macOS, get started developing your next project with .NET today. Do check out both our coding classes and programming courses which are on offer today.