Safe-T: All-in-One Zero-Trust Network Access

Jul 29, 2021

Implementing a zero-trust approach to network security simplifies the process of securing remote workers, but comes with a steep technical climb to actually roll out at scale. Thanks to Eitan Bremler for the exciting chat with GestaltIT.com. about how the ZoneZero product simplifies the implementation of zero trust, both on-prem and in the cloud.

Rolling Out Zero Trust Across a Decentralized IT Environment

Zero-trust network access (ZTNA) is all the rage in the IT security scene, especially nowadays with employees working from everywhere in this decentralized era of IT. Unfortunately, for many, the very decentralized nature of IT that zero trust is so apt to protect also introduces difficulties, especially as employees need access to resources both in the cloud and on-premises.

Many IT departments rely on VPN infrastructure to securely connect users back to on-prem resources in attempts to build a zero-trust security approach. Although effective for creating secure connections, VPNs can’t be used to control access to cloud-based resources, and generally require extensive technical chops to set up correctly and at scale. Additionally, VPNs are only a part of the greater whole of a zero-trust approach, meaning organizations need more to ensure they’re secured.

Implementing a Software-Defined Perimeter for Zero Trust

Safe-T provides a solution to the problem of implementing ZTNA across an environment with their ZoneZero product. Deployed on virtual machines, ZoneZero creates a software-defined perimeter around on-prem resources, working in tandem with your existing VPNs and firewalls to control access. ZoneZero is operated via an on-prem controller, which allows you to keep total control over your requisite certificates and keys, a must-have for compliance / regulatory requirements.

As shown in the diagram above, Safe-T integrates with your existing identity providers (IdP) — both on-prem and in the cloud — to establish an identity source of truth. Then, using authentication from those IdPs, Safe-T provides access to resources, whether through the access controller on-prem or the authentication gateway in a browser. As such, Safe-T can authorize access to all TCP-layer applications, as well as those housed on-prem — regardless of where access originates.

Going Deeper into Safe-T

We here at Gestalt IT had the express pleasure to chat with Safe-T Co-founder, Eitan Bremler, to discuss the ZoneZero product and how it can be used in a zero-trust environment. According to Bremler, a core goal behind Safe-T is to make the switch to zero trust as simple as possible for organizations. Once implemented, ZoneZero simply needs to integrate with your existing IdP, apps, infrastructure, VPNs, etc. Then, you’re well on your way towards a strong, zero-trust approach to security.

In addition, since the product works both with and without existing VPN infrastructure, organizations can and have used Safe-T to move off of their VPNs completely. That way, employees can access all of their resources securely without having to jump through the usual hoops of VPNs. On the flip side, IT admins have less to worry about, rest assured that their users are more secure without having to concern themselves with VPNs.

Zach’s Reaction

As an ardent follower of the zero-trust space, I am so excited to have learned about Safe-T and their ZoneZero product. It seems to me like one of the most simple yet highly effective ways to roll out zero trust across an entire environment.

 

Dafna Lipowicz

VP of Human Resources

In her role, Dafna leads all HR activities at Safe-T, including: partnering with management team to advance and support the company vision and strategy, developing strategic HR plans and policies (training, compensation and benefits, etc.), organizational and managers development, recruitment and welfare. Dafna brings to Safe-T more than 17 years of experience in various HR managerial roles, in global and complex organizations as well as in growing start-ups (such as SanDisk, Logic Industries and Mantis Vision), specializing in establishing and leading HR departments, initiating and building organizational development, according to company strategy, management consultant, talent management and recruitment. Dafna holds both an LLB and an MA in Labor Studies from Tel Aviv University. She is also a certified mediator and group facilitator.

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