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Jun 15, 2023

What Is Hindering Your Organization’s Adoption of Zero Trust


Zero trust network access (ZTNA) has proved so effective that various governments around the world have embraced it. Likewise, security experts have declared ZTNA one of the most important security aspects of the digital transformation. So what is hindering your organization’s ZTNA adoption?

Data from 2022 suggests that only one-third of businesses worldwide have already adopted a zero trust policy. How many have actually started implementing ZTNA strategies isn’t clear. But the remaining two-thirds haven’t even gotten on board yet.

Hillstone Networks fully supports the ZTNA concept. We cannot think of a single strategy that accomplishes as much compared to the amount of investment required. So again, what is holding your company back?

Is your infrastructure outdated?

One of the biggest hindrances to ZTNA adoption is outdated infrastructure. Legacy hardware and software just isn’t up to the task. On the other hand, effective zero trust policies require a more modern infrastructure. Upgrading and replacing can be time-consuming, complicated, and expensive.

Given how effective ZTNA is, we think modernizing infrastructure is well worth the time and effort. It is certainly worth the money when you consider potential losses from security incidents that could otherwise be stopped dead in their tracks by ZTNA.

Is it too complicated for your team?

A well-designed ZTNA strategy is complex by its nature. You are looking at interconnectivity, endpoint security solutions, multi-factor authentication, threat monitoring, and so much more. Perhaps it is too complicated for your team to deal with. That’s where we come in.

ZTNA deployment is one of the many services Hillstone Networks offers. We can help you with everything from policy development to implementation. We can help you create and deploy a zero trust model that is scalable despite its complexity.

Are you facing a skills gap?

Designing and implementing a ZTNA solution requires specialized knowledge and skills. More often than not, companies without ZTNA policies in place are dealing with the skills gap. Even if they want to implement zero trust, they do not have the skilled security experts to handle it.

It takes knowledge and skill to develop policies that meet an organization’s unique needs. It takes knowledge and skill to implement the necessary components, effectively test them, and deploy the approved solution on time and on budget.

Hillstone Networks makes up for that skills gap. Our highly trained and skilled professionals have the necessary knowledge and capabilities to get your organization up and running with ZTNA.

Are you facing adoption issues?

It is understood that many people do not like change. Whenever the office is facing something new, there is some amount of resistance. Resistance is understandable and expected. But it cannot be allowed to interfere with maximizing network and cloud security. Regardless of anyone’s level of discomfort with change, organizations need to deploy the most effective security solutions possible. ZTNA is at the top of the list.

There can be a steep learning curve for the IT team. Likewise for management. But for the majority of a company’s workforce, the learning curve is gentle and short. Once staff members understand what they do (and do not) have authority to do within a cloud or network, they quickly figure out how to do their jobs within those restrictions.

At Hillstone Networks, we consider zero trust non-negotiable. Any company that utilizes network or cloud infrastructure for any reason should adopt ZTNA as quickly as possible. The ZTNA concept keeps systems more secure by forcing users to prove both identity and authorization. Without proof, access is not given. ZTNA is like a digital gatekeeper whose main priority is to keep out unauthorized traffic.