Zero Trust


Let Optiv Be Your Guide on Your Zero Trust Journey

What is Zero Trust?

Zero Trust is an information security model based on the principle of maintaining strict access controls by not trusting anyone or any action by default, even those already inside the network perimeter. Instead, each transaction is evaluated for need and risk. It combines network and application micro-segmentation and identity and access management platforms to verify access and authorization, and it allows for more granular access control and machine/application-specific policies. It also employs multifactor authentication, IAM, orchestration, analytics, encryption, scoring and file system permissions, plus governance policies such as giving users the least amount of access they need to accomplish a specific task.


So, sometimes, it’s best to assume the worst. Zero Trust security solutions protect networks, applications and data based on the concept of “never trust, always verify.” In a Zero Trust model, identity is the core security control used by security teams that “assume breach” because any user or device is a potential threat actor.


Are you up for a Zero Trust crash course?


Join our expert, Jerry Chapman, Engineering Fellow at Optiv and author of "Zero Trust Security: An Enterprise Guide", as he delivers the following takeaways:


  • An introduction to Zero Trust
  • An overview of Optiv’s Zero Trust principles
  • How to visualize your Zero Trust journey and place it in the proper context

The Zero Trust Journey


Whether you know a lot about Zero Trust or are just wondering about it, Optiv can help – beginning with how to establish a Zero Trust mindset.


A Zero Trust approach can help you:


  • Protect/prevent ransomware and insider threats
  • Secure your expanding, complex network, your hybrid users and proliferating devices
  • Reduce security vulnerabilities as you move further into the cloud
  • Minimize your attack surface penetration, even as you add SaaS applications



How Does a Zero Trust Network Work?


By leveraging and understanding expertise across security domains, Optiv developed four core principles to drive an organization's trajectory towards a true Zero Trust architecture.




Establish a Micro-Perimeter


Secure business resources through "just in time" automatic placement of systems to have access to only permissible services based on security posture.




Establish a Secure Identity-Based Context to the Resource


Contextualize key security events as well as the traffic flow through the micro-perimeter with specific identity.




Create Enhanced Security


Enable additional verification as resources are accessed and managed.




Continuous Review of Identity and Secure Connection


Maintain secure connectivity to resources, monitor activity as the resources are utilized and respond to incidents as needed.


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The Primary Components of Zero Trust

When it comes to Zero Trust, what does a perimeter-less secure model look like? There are three primary components, including the design of dynamic micro-perimeters. Our infographic breaks it all down.


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Zero Trust Readiness Assessment

Our approach to Zero Trust leverages set principles and a maturity and capability framework applied across key security domains. The result: a readiness assessment that provides a practical roadmap your organization can use to build and mature your Zero Trust capabilities.


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Zero Trust Architecture in Action


Strong program management is the key to steady progress as you implement security controls throughout your security domains. You need an expert … one that’s “written the book” on the subject.


Dip into our Zero Trust Field Guide to help you:


  • Align Zero Trust with program management
  • Learn how Zero Trust reduces operational risk
  • Choose Zero Trust strategies for data protection and governance
  • Apply Zero Trust to cloud security and IoT devices



Essential Zero Trust Principles


Let us make something that might seem complicated simple for you. In our view, the following principles sum up what you really need to do.

White House Executive Order Flash Panel


Since late 2020, several cyber threat dominoes have fallen, leading to the White House’s release of the “Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.” The term Zero Trust appears 11 times in the executive order – for good reason. See Optiv senior leaders weigh in on what this executive order means for the future of Zero Trust.


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Flash Panel Speakers


Kevin Lynch
Chief Executive Officer, Optiv


David Martin
Chief Services Officer, Optiv


Wendy Overton
Director, Cyber Strategy, Optiv


Justin Williams
Managing Partner, Cyber Strategy, Optiv


Brian Wrozek
Chief Information Security Officer, Optiv


Our Practical, Battle-Hardened Zero Trust Expertise


Years average experience for Optiv’s identity experts 


Hours of professional services delivered annually


Certifications including Zero Trust Strategist


Projects completed annually

Industry-Proven Expertise


  • Vendor-certified technology resources
  • Compliance expertise: ISO27001, GDPR, PCI QSA, FFIEC, DFARS, HIPAA, GLBA, NIST, EI3PA, NYDFS, MARS-E and more

Speak to a Zero Trust Expert


Want to learn more about Zero Trust Architecture? Reach out to an Optiv professional with your specific Zero Trust questions.