Zero Trust Policy Enforcement

“Zero-Trust” is a term with a dual identity: on one hand, it is an emergent cybersecurity philosophy, meant to maximize the impact of our cyber operations while minimizing their risks. On the other hand, it is a prime contender for buzzword of the decade, holding dozens of definitions designed to suit the intents of technology vendors that routinely misappropriate terms and ideas for their own financial gain.

Zero-Trust has the potential to revolutionize what cybersecurity can mean to organizations and networks of any kind, in any environment, with any collection of resources at their disposal – that is if we can decouple its real tenets and concepts from maligned expertise and bloated promises.

Helix: the foundation for zero-trust networks

Our software platform Helix provides a natural and versatile starting point for instilling zero-trust principles into any network, in any environment. At its core, the processes that make a zero-trust network zero-trust can be distilled down to four fundamental ideas: perimeters, policies, and policy enforcement, all atop a foundation of identity.

ZKX Helix serves as “square one” for designing and implementing zero-trust operations for all four of these fundamental categories. This applies to any network – large or small; well-resourced or resource-constrained; contested or isolated. Helix ensures that zero-trust is not just a luxury suite of tools and protocols reserved for only the most well-connected and well-funded networks.

Microperimeters & access polices

One of the primary standout features of the zero-trust network is the Policy Enforcement Point (PEP), often referred to as the “micro-perimeter” – a perimeter that logically surrounds only one particular resource on the network at a time and requires satisfaction of its own access policy before access to its protected resource is ever awarded.

Helix not only enables the construction and deployment of these resource-level perimeters, but it also enables the creation and defining of the access policies these perimeters are to enforce. Furthermore, Helix ensures that these policies are enforced exactly as you designed them, to ensure your specific and unique cyber and zero-trust requirements are being met to your exact standards. Using its patented, next-generation multi-factor authentication (MFA), Helix ensures policies are enforced to their exact definition, with unrivaled security and data privacy to boot.

Dynamic policy enforcement

In today’s cyber environment, network conditions and parameters change all the time, especially in contested situations. That’s why Helix has been built with dynamic policy enforcement – the ability to change access policies, specific policy requirements, or resource policy assignments, and see these changes enforced in real time.

As zero-trust becomes less of an idea and more of a reality, it is critical that technologies are made that enable this new framework to be as accessible, feasible, and maximally disruptive as possible.

Helix is the place to begin – with perimeters, policies, policy enforcement, and identities in place, any network anywhere in the world can now get a head start on their zero-trust journey.