With a sprawling workforce, a wide range of devices running on multiple platforms, and a growing reliance on cloud infrastructure and applications, the idea of the corporate network as the castle and security defenses as walls and moats protecting the perimeter doesn’t really work anymore. Which is why, over the past year, Google has been talking about BeyondCorp, the zero-trust perimeter-less security framework it uses to secure access for its 61,000 employees and their devices. The core premise of BeyondCorp is that traffic originating from within the enterprise’s network is not automatically more trustworthy than traffic that originated externally. Instead of traditional methods such as VPNs and login credentials to establish trust and verify identity, Google relies on a “tiered access” model, which looks at the user’s individual and group permissions, the user’s privileges as defined by the job role, and the state of the device being used to make the request.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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