Zero Trust Trends to Watch Out For in 2020

Jan 16, 2020

We all know Zero Trust is the new norm.

The term, along with the model it defines, went from relative obscurity to having “household-name” status (well, if the people in your household work in cyber security, that is) in the span of a few years. And that’s because it truly has changed security as we know it.

Back in the days before the cloud, organizations could trust that if their data was secured at perimeter, it would be safe. The perimeter was the border between the safe stuff on the inside and the potentially dangerous stuff on the outside.

Today, we know this is no longer the case—your perimeter cannot keep your data secure in modern, highly-connected cloud-based environments. The fact that they are so interconnected makes it far easier for rogue traffic to sneak past traditional tools. This means that access (i.e., the permissions that allow one person or entity to use an application) in the cloud is especially risky.

This has led directly to the need for a Zero Trust-based strategy. In the Zero Trust model, no one and nothing is granted access until it’s been verified. Zero Trust makes up for the dangers created by interconnection in the cloud. But we have only begun to uncover the true strength of a Zero Trust model and we predict here at Safe-T that we’ll be seeing some new trends and approaches to the model in the coming year.

And since it’s January, there is no more fitting time to make some predictions, right? So without further ado, here is our round-up of Zero Trust trends to watch out for in 2020.

Trends to Watch out For
Microsegmentation will help enforce Zero Trust – Let’s say an attacker does make his or her way through your defenses. What are they going to find once they are inside? In a flat network topology, our (not-so-dear) attacker has access to everything and can move laterally with ease, causing massive damage along the way.

Microsegmentation is a method of establishing micro-secured zones to isolate work loads and applications. This ensures that even when attackers do breach your network, they cannot move east-west. And the smaller the area you’re securing is, the more granular your policies can be. Essentially, effective microsegmentation will enable you to implement Zero Trust.

Zero Trust will reign in Shadow IT – Mo’ devices, mo’ threats. Shadow IT—or the practice of employees using unsanctioned devices for work purposes—continues to be an issue in many organizations. The great problem here is that these devices are unaccounted for and may introduce dangerous security risks. This is doubly-upsetting, considering all the effort and resources that go into stopping up every potential access point, only to have them re-opened by well-intentioned employees, who just want to work off their own iPad.

In 2016 Gartner predicted that by 2020, ⅓ of all threats would enter organizations via shadow IT resources. It’s a bit early to see if their prediction is totally on the mark, but either way, it’s pretty close to that. One of the ways to combat the rising risk is with a Zero Trust approach that according to InformationWeek.com “does not allow a user to access the network until all security criteria, predefined by IT and business management, have been met….Digital identity and access permissions are strictly enforced.”

Zero Trust File Access will become prevalent – When we talk about Zero trust, we’re talking about an all encompassing and overarching strategy that enhances the security of your networks. But why then, do organizations leave their file transfers to chance?

Think your file transfers are totally secure? If you remember WannaCry, the massive ransomware attack that crippled the UK’s NHS and companies worldwide, you may be in for a shock; WannaCry took advantage of a vulnerability in the SMBv1 file transfers protocol, the protocol by which files had been transferred for years. Clearly, file transfers can be vulnerable and thus a Zero Trust strategy is needed here too.

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) will become standard – Thanks to the many high profile email and password breaches in the last few years, it’s a safe bet to think that MFA is going to become standard practice. MFA, which is essentially Zero Trust for email and device access, is an authentication method in which access is granted after the requesting party presents two or more pieces of information to prove his or her identity. It’s always been a smart idea, but often, companies worry that it will hinder the user experience.

In 2020, simplified MFA will dominate. MFA solutions will provide more easy-to-use, secure mobile authentication apps for quick, push notification-based approval to verify your user’s identity with smartphone, smartwatch and U2F token support. Thanks to this simple yet powerful approach, organization will be more secure, without negatively impacting their users’ experience.

Conclusion
Only time will tell what the future holds. But one thing is certain; Zero Trust is here to stay and will be shaping the face of security for a long time to come.



Yehuda Halfon

Board Member

Mr. Yehuda Halfon has served on our board of directors since March 2016 and was appointed for a second three-year term as an external director in May 2019. Since 2009, Mr. Halfon has served as the chief executive officer at Cooperica property Ltd., which owns and manages a large geriatric center and other real estate properties in Israel. In addition, and since 2011, Mr. Halfon has served as the chief financial officer of Local Developing Germany GmbH, which owns a large portfolio of residential assets in Germany. Mr. Halfon holds a B.A. in Accounting & Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from the Open University of Israel. Mr. Halfon is a certified CPA in Israel.

Moshe Tal

Moshe Tal

Board Member

Mr. Moshe Tal was appointed to our board of directors in May 2019, to serve as an external director. He serves as a partner with Shtainmetz Aminoach & Co. accounting, a CPA (Isr) Israeli Certified Public Accountant, Investment and Consulting firm. Mr. Tal is also a lecturer at the College of Management, Academic Studies and Department of Accounting at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Mr. Tal served in the Israeli tax Authority for 13 years and has vast experience with tax regulations and laws, both in Israel and outside of Israel. Between 2011 and 2013 Mr. Tal served as a director of Dash Ipax Holdings Ltd. and from 2010 until 2018 as a director at Netz Group Ltd. Mr. Tal is a certified Israeli public accountant.

Lior Vider

Lior Vider

Board Member

Mr. Vider has over 15 years of experience in managing financial portfolios and investments, in organizations such as Ilanot Discount and Rakia Capital Markets. Mr. Vider is currently a Senior Investment Portfolio Manager at Epsilon Investment House Ltd., and in parallel is the founder, owner and manager of sponser.co.il, one of the leading financial portals specializing in services for investors. Mr. Vider is also an occasional contributor on capital markets and other economic issues in NRG.co.il, Calcala, Globes Business News, The Marker and the business section of The Jerusalem Post.

Eylon Jeda

Board Member

Mr. Eylon Geda has over 20 years of extensive investment experience. Prior to founding Beta Capital Management, a private consultancy firm in 2008, Mr. Geda held various positions in the fields of security research and investment management with several Israeli financial institutions. Mr. Geda holds an M.Sc degree in Finance and Accounting and a BA degree in Economics and Management Studies from Tel-Aviv University and he is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) by GARP','Eylon Jeda



Yabing Wang

Advisory Board Member

Yabing Wang is the Deputy CISO at Carrier Corporation. She is responsible for security architecture and engineering for Identity and Access Management, as well as security technologies and tools for all cybersecurity domains. Yabing is also leading security strategies and executions including the Office of CISO and Program Management Office. Yabing has more than 20 years of extensive experience in technology and cybersecurity. She also has a track record of leading cybersecurity organizations, setting security strategies and delivering security capabilities to the enterprise. Yabing thrives to solve business problems, not technical problems, and partner with technology and business to make security as a differentiator and value-add for the business. Prior to Carrier, Yabing was the Vice President of Global Security at Alight Solutions and the Chief Security Architect at Allstate Insurance Company. Yabing also worked at Netscape Communications after she obtained her Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Richard Greenberg, CISSP

Advisory Board Member

Richard is a well-known Cyber Security Leader and Evangelist, CISO, Advisor, and speaker. Richard brings over 30 years of management experience and has been a strategic and thought leader in IT and Information Security. His Project Management, Security Management and Operations, Policy, and Compliance experience has helped shape his broad perspective on creating and implementing Information Security Programs. Richard has been a CISO, Director of Surveillance and Information Systems, Chief of Security Operations, Director of IT, and Project Manager for various companies and agencies in the private and public sectors. Richard is an Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Distinguished Fellow, and has received their Honor Roll designation. He has also been selected as a finalist for both the (ISC)2 Americas Information Security Leadership Award in the Senior Information Security Professional category and the Los Angeles Business Journal CIO of the Year in Security. Richard serves on the OWASP Global Board of Directors, leads the OWASP LA Chapter, and has been Co-Chair of the highly successful AppSec California conferences. Richard also is President of the Information Systems Security Association Los Angeles Chapter and is Chair of their widely recognized annual Security Summit and CISO Forum.

 







Amir Mizhar

Founder - President & Chief Software Architect

Amir Mizhar is the Chief Software Architect of Safe-T and leads the company's vision, research and development, delivering the industry’s best enterprise security solutions, while streamlining security into critical business workflows. Prior to founding Safe-T, Amir founded and led eTouchware, acting as Chief Software Architect for an innovative file sharing system with over 500,000 users. As founder and CEO of M-Technologies, Amir led the vision and creation of online collaboration tools, and online merchandising systems for retail markets. Developing commercial software programs since the age of 13, Amir is an expert ethical hacker and currently holds multiple patents in the area of data transfer over communication networks.

Eitan Bremler

Co-Founder & VP Products and Technology

Eitan Bremler is responsible for overall global Marketing and Product Management activities of Safe-T, including product strategy and roadmap, product marketing, positioning, and go-to-market. In addition, Eitan is responsible for working with Safe-T’s strategic customers and technology partners, leading the technology relationships with the company’s service providers, OEM, and business development partners. Eitan brings to Safe-T more than 15 years’ experience in marketing, product marketing and product management roles. Prior to joining Safe-T, he held multiple product management and product marketing positions at Radware and Radvision, an Avaya company.

Shai Avnit

Chief Financial Officer

Shai Avnit leads Safe-T’s regulatory, corporate governance, and all financials affairs including taxation, accounting, budgeting, cashflows and financing. He has extensive experience in managing financial, operational, administrative, and regulatory affairs in companies within the medical device, consumer electronics and software fields. He served as CFO and other leading financial positions in several hi-tech companies, both public and private, Including Card Guard Scientific Survival (currently LifeWatch), Valor Computerized Systems, ProSight, BriefCam and others. He holds a B.A. in Accounting & Economics as well as an M.B.A. with majors in Finance & Marketing, both from Tel Aviv University.

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.

Hagit Gal, Adv.

Legal Counsel

Hagit leads Safe-T’s legal and compliance activity, providing ongoing legal advice regarding corporate and commercial matters. Hagit brings with her extensive experience from her role at B.S.D. Crown Ltd. (LSE: BSD – formerly, Emblaze Ltd.). At B.S.D., Hagit led several corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, IPOs and other equity related offerings of both publicly and privately held companies with an emphasis on the tech sector. In addition, Hagit was responsible for the direction of corporate governance practices and regulatory compliance, structure, negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements, intellectual property, human resources and payroll, investor relations and more. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with a major in Commercial and Civil Law from The Academic Center of Law and Science.

Marcio Lempert

Advisory Board Chairman

Over the last 25 years, Marcio Lempert has held top management positions (CEO, SVP, Managing Director, Sales Operations) in hi-tech companies all over the world. Marcio has proven the ability to turnaround, grow profitable business and lead various hi-tech disciplines: Sales, Marketing, R&D, PM, Support, Finance and Operations.Marcio has managed sales & operations for a wide range of products and technologies, such as networking, enterprise software and cyber/IT security.During his last position at Finjan Software Security, Marcio was instrumental in leading the acquisition of the company by M86 Security and subsequently the acquisition by Trustwave in 2012.After 2012, Marcio has been involved in social projects as a volunteer and mentor at several non-for-profit organizations and later served in the position of CEO of Dualis – a Social Investment Fund whose vision is the promotion of social impact through for-profit social businesses.

Eran Ziv

Advisory Board Member

Eran Ziv has 30 years of high-tech and IT/telecom industry sales, marketing and management experience. He is the founder and CEO of SecurityDAM. A RAD Group company, involved in cloud security solutions. Prior to that, he served as the President of International Systems Division at Enablence Technologies Inc. and CEO and President of Teledata Networks Ltd. Organizations dealing with NGN (New Generation Network) solutions for the wired Telco markets. Eran was appointed as Teledata Networks Ltd. CEO and President in 2006, leading an intensive turnaround, resulting of successful accusation by Enablence Technologies Inc. in 2010. Prior to that, He served as President of Allot Communications Ltd. leading the company from early stage startup to a profitable NAZDAQ IPO organization. Eran joined Allot from his previous position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VocalTec Ltd. Prior to that, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of RADLINX (a RAD Group company), which was acquired by VocalTec in 1997. Before joining RADLINX, he held senior sales and marketing positions at Lannet Ltd. and Bynet Ltd. Eran holds a B.Sc. from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Avi Rubinstein

Chief Business Officer

Avi is the Chief Business Officer at Safe-T. Prior to joining Safe-T, Avi co-founded Inpedio and served as its CEO between 2016 and 2019. After serving as co-founder of Ectel, GM Ectel US Inc., he led Ectel’s IPO in Nasdaq in 1999 and was the co-founder of StorWiz in 2004, which was acquired by IBM in 2010. He also was the co-founder and CEO of VideoCodes in 2004, which was acquired by Thompson in 2008. In addition, Avi participated in the 2014-2015 turn-around of Nice Intelligence Division (Ticker NICE) which transformed it into a Cyber player and was acquired by Elbit in 2015. Avi also served as advisory board member in Safe-T and CyberX (Cyber defense for Critical infrastructure).

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Chen Katz

Chairman of the Board

Chen Katz is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safe-T. Mr. Katz is the CEO of TechnoPlus Ventures Ltd., an independent investment company based in Israel, commenced its investment activities in 1997 and has been traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE: TNPV) since 1999. Mr. Katz has over 18 years of experience in identifying, deal structuring, executing and managing investments in companies and ventures of all maturity levels as well as fundraising, private placements, IPOs, PIPEs, Rights Offerings and M&A transactions. Mr. Katz currently serves as the Chairman of the board of Nanomedic Technologies Ltd. and Nicast Ltd. and serves as a director in Aminach Furniture and Mattresses Industry Ltd., CompuLap Ltd., and RapiDx Ltd. Mr. Katz also served on the board of directors of D-Led Illumination Technologies Ltd. and Shekel Scales (2008) Ltd. Mr. Katz holds a European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE) from the Complutense University of Madrid and an LL.B. from the University of Haifa, both magna cum laude.

Shachar Daniel

Co-founder and CEO

Shachar Daniel is the CEO at Safe-T and one of its co-founders. In his role, he is responsible for the overall vision, company strategy, day-to-day operations, and for growing Safe-T’s business and presence around the world. Shachar brings to Safe-T more than 14 years of experience in various managerial and business roles. Prior to founding Safe-T, he was program manager at Prime-sense, head of operations for project managers at Logic and project manager at Elbit Systems. He is an experienced manager with a passion and high commitment for project delivery. Shachar holds an Executive MBA from The Hebrew University, an MBA from The College of Management Academic Studies in Israel and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from The Holon Institute Technology.