Security is a Zero-Trust Game - Ionic Accelerates Zero Trust Security

Win One for Your Team

The struggle between security teams and the threats they face is a zero-trust game, where a gain on one side directly translates to a loss on the other. Win one for your team with the unified security and access controls of Machina.

Start Your Journey at Zero. Then Win One.

When it comes to future-proofing your business,
you can't ignore the new realities. The stakes are too high.



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Your Business

Understand the Stakes

Security professionals can no longer rely on perimeter defenses with static policy gates to protect what they value. A Zero Trust security strategy assumes all infrastructures, devices, and even users to be potentially hostile. This is not a new concept, but the advent of cloud-based architectures and the push toward remote workforces make it increasingly relevant.

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Microsegment Access

In 2003, a group of CISOs created a working group known as the Jericho Forum to address the challenges and vision of "de-perimeterization." Rooted in these discussions, Forrester introduced the term "Zero Trust" in 2009 to capture the failure of perimeter-centric models to address data proliferating within and beyond an organization’s walls. Deeply associated with network capabilities, Zero Trust advised practitioners to microsegment access. This way, if an attacker got inside your network, it would be impossible for them to escape with everything and win the game.

Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem

The stakes have continued to rise, however. Forrester introduced the Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) ecosystem in 2018 to point out new pieces of the Zero Trust security game in jeopardy. ZTX advises segmentation for workloads, people, and devices, but zeroes in on data. Without a data-centric approach, you must play the access control game in every environment at the same time.

Rethinking Security: A Data-Centric Approach

Former CTO for Identity Solutions, Equifax
President & CEO, Euclidian Trust

Security Technologist, Accenture

Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) ecosystem diagram to support Zero Trust security strategies | Four circles on the outside of the diagram are labeled, 'People', 'Workloads', 'Networks', and 'Devices'. Two big rings connect the four circles, labeled 'Automation and Orchestration' and 'Visibility and Analytics'. In the center, touching each of the four circles is a hexagon labeled, 'Data'.

Redefine the Rules

If you think you have a data silo problem, you probably have a policy silo problem. Policy has become the new perimeter. It's not just that data is always on the move, it's that you have to build, configure and manage the rules governing access in every place. Simultaneously. It's the same problem IAM vendors addressed by centralizing user authentication, but on a much vaster scale.

The ZTX framework has two encircling rings of visibility and automation that help you redefine the rules. To win this game, you need to see analytics about every access request that crosses the plate and centralize policy management so that you can orchestrate an immediate response.

You can also redefine the rules by using the context of each request to make decisions. Address today's increasing stakes with the diversity and precision of attribute-based access controls (ABAC).

Change the Game

Zero Trust is a security strategy, but security isn't the only game in town. Besides motivated hackers and misconfigurations, you have to respond to the ever-changing rules of privacy and compliance regulations. And to compete in today's marketplace, you also have to deliver that massive digital transformation project.

With so many odds stacked against you, what's the best next step? Consistent, reusable patterns for securing the data or resources you value. Context-aware, informed authorization. You have to change the game, but you can start small.

Start at zero. Then win one.

A Zero Trust security strategy requires a Zero Trust architecture | 0 Trust Model. 1 Unified Data Security Platform. 0 Keys to Manage. 1 Solution for Every Authorization Decision.

Authorize access for remote and on-prem users based on full network context. Enhance CASB or DLP monitoring with granular enforcement.

Future-Proof Your Business

Machina is a game-changer for your Zero Trust security strategy. A unified data security and authorization engine that integrates easily anywhere across cloud, on-prem, and hybrid environments. Secure data with a globally scalable encryption key management service. Authorize access to data and resources from a central console with granular, context-aware policies. Build security and privacy by default and design into every game you play. Future-proof your business and keep winning.

It's Time to Create Your Gameplan

Before the next move catches you off guard,
create a gameplan to prepare, implement, and maintain your Zero Trust security strategy.


There is no home field advantage in the cloud. You have to assume you are playing on the adversaries' court. As you start your cloud journey, is your team prepared for all the attacks you'll face?


You've taken the fundamental steps to prepare for the game, but do your play makers⁠—admins, architects, developers⁠—have the tools they need to succeed day after day?


There is no doubt: You have established yourself on the field of play. But don't get comfortable, because the rules of the game will change with little prior notice. Can you quickly adapt to the changes as they emerge?

The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem (ZTX) Platform Providers, Q3 2020

Data is the central pillar of the ZTX framework, and Machina earned the highest marks possible in the criteria of data security and APIs.

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