Syxsense Unifies Zero Trust and Vulnerability Management

The ZeroTrust concept is all about securing endpoints, applications, IT infrastructure and data based on the assumption that any network or endpoint is always at risk of either internal or internal attack. Accordingly, Zero Trust means individuals are not automatically trusted just because they are on the network. They must prove who they are and are given limited access to only the systems they need. The same applies to devices. Zero Trust also verifies machine identities and picks up changes such as the browser being used for access. In essence, all devices and identities are not trusted and are denied access to corporate assets until they can meet a defined set of criteria.  

Security vendors are promoting a range of products and services designed to implement Zero Trust in the enterprise. The good news is that the latest version of Syxsense Enterprise incorporates an integrated Zero Trust module. Hence, those using Syxsense for vulnerability detection management and remediation have no need to add additional products or tools to achieve zero trust protection. Zero Trust features are completely integrated into Syxsense.  

Those organizations considering a Zero Trust strategy can utilize Syxsense as a fast and reliable way to implement it. Those wishing to consolidate different tools for patching, vulnerability scanning, remediation, mobile device management (MDM) and Zero Trust can deploy Syxsense to unify all those functions into a single solution.  

Blocking Untrusted Devices  

Syxsense protects organizations from breaches by blocking users on untrusted devices. As an end-to-end solution, it helps organizations to create a Security Posture that encompasses the various criteria necessary to be granted trusted access. But the granting of trust is not a one-time event. Each device and identity must consistently meet the trust criteria based on evaluation of trusted status on each managed device. Those meeting the criteria gain access. Those that don’t are automatically blocked. The system then automatically triggers further actions appropriate to the situation to prevent breaches and stop attacks in their tracks.  

The Syxsense Zero Trust module within Syxsense Enterprise enables endpoint compliance using Zero Trust Network Access policies (ZTNA). This approach is vitally needed as traditional authentication solutions are not designed to evaluate device health, enforce granular policy compliance, or automate risk remediation.  

Take the case of password protection. According to research from Bitwarden, 85% of Americans reuse passwords across multiple sites and 49% rely on memory to manage passwords. 24% reset their passwords multiple times a week. Zero Trust provides the extra layer of protection needed in light of the fact that cybercriminals have become so adept at using brute force techniques to crack passwords as well as phishing to trick users into handing over their access credentials. Data protection, too, is an area where ZTNA exerts a positive impact. It can prevent data exfiltration, intellectual property theft, and unauthorized access to corporate data assets.   

Zero Trust, then, requires users, whether in or outside the organization’s network, to be authenticated, authorized, and continuously validated for security configuration and posture a) before being granted access and b) to retain access to applications and data.  

Syxsense Zero Trust Module  

The Syxsense Zero Trust module serves as a trust evaluation engine for endpoints. It offers unparalleled visibility and control over network access policies, while enabling security teams to build sophisticated access policies and remediation workflows to ensure complete ZTNA compliance across the enterprise.   

In addition to accepting or denying access based on device Security Posture, it can automatically apply fixes and remediate issues in real time to enable proper access. Actions that lie outside the range of the Security Posture automatically trigger alerts and the need for full device and user verification. This might include a laptop accessing a NetSuite server after hours from un unfamiliar IP address and location, such a circumstance would be blocked immediately.  

But where Syxsense really differentiates itself from the competition is through automated remediation of non-compliant endpoints. Remediation actions might include deploying an urgently needed security patch, updating the anti-virus signature database, and alerting IT about unauthorized access attempts.  

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