Zero Trust is a cybersecurity model that assumes all users, both inside and outside the network, are a threat until they are authenticated. A Zero Trust approach follows the notion “never trust, always verify,” meaning no device is trusted by default, and all users must be verified before receiving network access. The Zero Trust approach contrasts a “verify, then trust” approach, which assumes users already inside the network are not a threat.
The Zero Trust model gained popularity as hybrid workplaces grew — when employers adopted advanced security measures to accommodate a dispersed workforce. More businesses are considering Zero Trust to manage an increasingly hybrid work environment and ensure security from anywhere, on any device.