Authentication: The first step towards Zero Trust

AD360 | September 12, 2022 | 2 min read

Since the onset of the pandemic, Zero Trust has become a common trend. Unlike traditional security authentication architecture, Zero Trust’s “never trust, always verify” philosophy is the new standard to protect against modern cyberattacks. Whether it’s insider attacks, shadow IT, or cloud security, Zero Trust covers all use cases by extending beyond the perimeter.

Across industries, Zero Trust is today’s top security priority. However, a Fortinet survey shows that over 50% of organizations are still struggling to implement its core concepts. The journey to a Zero Trust network architecture doesn’t happen overnight; it often takes years because an enterprise needs to consider every modern security challenge to foolproof its security strategies. Some organizations have difficulty integrating the right tool to tighten the security gaps throughout their networks. There are also some organizations that fail to achieve the most basic level of security, which means that they lack visibility into who is performing what activity on a network at any given time. With a lot of challenges ahead, how and where should an enterprise start implementing Zero Trust architecture? 

Conversations with SecOps teams over the months have led me to realize that authentication should be the first step towards Zero Trust. Authentication, the backbone of every network security architecture, is a foundational step in the Zero Trust journey. Not setting up an efficient authentication process means leaving the security door wide open for attackers to intrude into the organization’s network. For this reason, strong authentication is crucial and the first step towards Zero Trust.

This curated e-book will guide you through setting up strong authentication for your Zero Trust architecture. This e-book covers:

    • The major post-lockdown challenges to cybersecurity.
    • The Zero Trust concept and how it mitigates modern security gaps.
    • The importance of Zero Trust security models for organizations.
    • How authentication is a crucial first step in implementing Zero Trust.
    • Authentication features your organization should have.
    • The role of IAM in frictionless Zero Trust.

Lay the right foundation for your Zero Trust with my e-book.

If you need assistance with evaluating your company’s IAM and authentication needs, or if you would like to know more about ManageEngine’s IAM solution, AD360, book a consultancy call here. We can help you get started with Zero Trust.


  1. The State of Zero Trust Report by Fortinet