Zafepass Prevent & Protect is created to mitigate the 'Unknown-Unknowns' evolving threat landscape and provide a resolution for the need of more resilient and adaptable security.

Turning the security paradigm upside down, shifting the focus from perimeter-based defences to containment and segmentation strategies, will provide organizations with a proactive and structured strategy for enhanced visibility, control, and resilience in order to face even unknown future sophisticated cyber threats as well as the changing nature of modern computing environments.

When it comes to control frameworks, such as industry standards like NIST Cybersecurity Framework, CMMC 2.0 (based on 800-53, 800-171 and 800-172), ISO 2700x, IEC//ISA 62443 or PCI DSS and regulations like GDPR and NIS2, Prevent & Protect’s guard-railed micro-perimeter foundation will both simplify the adoption and enhance their effectiveness.

Zafepass Prevent & Protect is a non-interruptive, non-intrusive and non-invasive platform which can easily be integrated into any architecture. Here is how partners and clients normally 'get started':

  • Identify critical assets and risks: Start by identifying your organization's critical assets and potential risks associated with them. This could include sensitive data, systems, applications, users or even infrastructure(s). Conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to understand the potential threats and vulnerabilities.

  • Map control framework requirements: Review the control framework(s) and identify the relevant requirements that align with your organization's needs. This step helps you understand the baseline security measures and practices recommended by the framework.

  • Establish security guardrails: Define security guardrails as specific security policies, configurations or controls that enforce security requirements and reduce the risk of threats and non-compliance. In Prevent & Protect, the micro-perimeter elements are 'baked in' - the defined guardrails will act as automated checks ensuring implementation effectiveness.

  • Automate guardrail enforcement: Prevent & Protect enforce guardrails and continuously manage security controls. Automated guardrails can perform real-time or near-real-time policy enforcement checks, generate alerts or notifications, and provide feedback to administrators and security teams.

  • Enhance continuous management and monitoring: Prevent & Protect enable setting up a robust management for tracking the effectiveness of all security controls and guardrails. The requirement might also involve regular security assessments, vulnerability scanning, log analysis and even intrusion detection systems on the network layer for resilient operation (although the infrastructure should be following redundancy guidelines). Continuous monitoring helps identify any deviations from established guardrails and control requirements (adjusted accordingly).

  • Enhance Incident response and remediation: Prevent & Protect will benefit incident response plans by both lowering the threat-surface dramatically and by helping outline the steps to be taken in case of a security incident or non-compliance. The plan include preventive incident measures as well as incident detection, containment, eradication, and recovery procedures. Make sure to document lessons learned and apply remediation measures to prevent future occurrences. Learn from events happening and update the guardrails to meet the new requirements.

  • Periodic control framework review: Regularly review and update the control framework to align with evolving security threats, regulatory changes, and industry best practices. Conduct periodic audits and assessments to ensure compliance with the control requirements and adjust the guardrails as needed.

Incorporating Zafepass Prevent & Protect will enhance the implementation and effectiveness of all security controls, automate enforcement and monitoring, and provide a proactive defense against potential threats. The implementation of a Prevent & Protect platform may vary depending on the control framework and the unique organizational requirements.

Building a security-centric culture around Prevent & Protect methodologies can be crucial for organizations to prevent unauthorized usage and the protection of their sensitive data, applications, users, systems and even infrastructures from cyber threats.

Where legacy network-centric reactive detect & respond security involves everyone in the organization to understand the importance of security and actively participate in maintaining security measures, for continuously strive to improve security, a guard-railed micro-perimeter based environment is enabling a strong security-centric culture, not requiring everyone's involvement.

This has significant business gains on cost-savings, organisational productivity, lower complexity, less resources required and operational resiliency.