Reach the optimal state in your Zero Trust journey

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Why Zero Trust

Today’s organizations need a new security model that more effectively adapts to the complexity of the modern environment, embraces the mobile workforce, and protects people, devices, apps, and data wherever they’re located.

Mobile access

Empower your users to work more securely anywhere and anytime, on any device.

Cloud migration

Enable digital transformation with intelligent security for today’s complex environment.

Risk mitigation

Close security gaps and minimize risk of lateral movement.

Zero Trust principles

Verify explicitly

Always authenticate and authorize based on all available data points, including user identity, location, device health, service or workload, data classification, and anomalies.

Use least privileged access

Limit user access with just-in-time and just-enough-access (JIT/JEA), risk-based adaptive polices, and data protection to help secure both data and productivity.

Assume breach

Minimize blast radius for breaches and prevent lateral movement by segmenting access by network, user, devices, and app awareness. Verify all sessions are encrypted end to end. Use analytics to get visibility and drive threat detection and improve defenses.

Zero Trust defined

Instead of assuming everything behind the corporate firewall is safe, the Zero Trust model assumes breach and verifies each request as though it originates from an open network. Regardless of where the request originates or what resource it accesses, Zero Trust teaches us to “never trust, always verify.” Every access request is fully authenticated, authorized, and encrypted before granting access. Microsegmentation and least privileged access principles are applied to minimize lateral movement. Rich intelligence and analytics are utilized to detect and respond to anomalies in real time.

Infographic illustrating the Zero Trust reference architecture

Zero Trust components

Zero Trust solutions

Learn about Microsoft solutions that support Zero Trust.

More about Zero Trust

58% believe network perimeters are vulnerable


In a Zero Trust model, users and devices, both inside and outside the corporate network, are deemed untrustworthy. Access is granted based on a dynamic evaluation of the risk associated with each request. Learn more about enabling Zero Trust security.

Implementing Zero Trust at Microsoft


Microsoft deployed Zero Trust to secure corporate and customer data. The implementation centered on strong user identity, device health verification, validation of application health, and secure, least-privilege access to corporate resources and services.

Blogs

Zero Trust IAM part 1

Learn more and enable a Zero Trust model with strong identity and access management.

CISO blog series

Discover successful security strategies and valuable lessons learned from CISOs and our top experts.

Have you assessed your Zero Trust readiness?

Microsoft’s Zero Trust interpretation and maturity model for assessment.