The issue of protecting digital data in conditions of corporate secrecy and free access to Internet services explains the need to develop effective security algorithms. The use of adequate mechanisms to prevent cyberattacks and other threats entailing information leakage is relevant to companies of various profiles, including large corporations and small firms that are active in financial operations. Gordon (2020) cites data from a British survey and notes that approximately 95% of local companies have challenges while establishing reliable digital security activities in the workplace (p. 14). In this regard, the development of effective algorithms for data integrity control is of high importance as the task that can help avoid the leakage of essential information and, thereby, prevent financial losses. As the topic of the work, the zero trust architecture approach is proposed as an algorithm that contributes to establishing a digital data security system in the workplace. As the intervention measures, the introduction of strengthened verification mechanisms are offered, as well as the creation of limited personal access for employees to databases to prevent information leakage.
The approaches to maintaining the security of crucial digital data in the workplace by implementing the zero trust model as a basic intervention algorithm are as follows:
Not all employees of different companies are aware of the importance of digital data security and compliance with effective preventive measures to protect a virtual database. As Gordon (2020) notes, the zero trust model is similar to traditional VPN services, but the main difference of this mechanism is that it does not provide access to suspicious or dangerous software. In other words, creating a secure database in the workplace involves providing network functionality purely within the required operations without an opportunity to switch to outside resources.
One of the aspects of implementing the zero trust model is following the principles of device security. Uttarwar and Kalia (2019) draw attention to this concept and argue that, in addition to vocational guidance work with personnel, ensuring the security of computer equipment is crucial. The authors remark that the periodic inspections of safety status are mandatory conditions, and responsible employees should be warned about such operations (Uttarwar & Kalia, 2019). Otherwise, even if staff are aware of the value of security measures, computer software can be compromised without users’ knowledge.
Abandoning traditional methods of protecting digital data, including passwords, multi-factor authentication, and other tools in favor of the zero trust approach is unacceptable. According to Gordon (2020), combining common security tools with updated encryption strategies reduces the risk of information leakage significantly. This means that the proposed model can be a valuable addition to the traditional mechanisms of protecting corporate digital data in the workplace.
As an interested audience, employees of large and small companies can be engaged, including both line workers and senior managers. The topic may be of interest to them in view of the relevance of the issue raised and the need to establish algorithms for protecting corporate data. The leakage of valuable information due to cyberattacks or other hacker methods, as a rule, entails financial losses and subsequent market problems. Therefore, the implementation of the provisions of the zero trust model in the workplace is a potentially effective solution to ensure the security of the virtual base and keep the assets intact.
Gordon, S. (2020). Network Security, 2020(1), 14-16. Web.
Uttarwar, V. U., & Kalia, A. A. (2019). Latest trend in network security as zero trust security model. National Journal of Computer and Applied Science, 2(2), 5-8.