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Digital Signatures as Zero-Trust Architectures

1 month ago | at 6:09 pm

Technology and information are increasing along with human needs and will always be the main catalysts for world change. The improvement of technology provides businesses, governments, and social institutions with more possibilities in order to enrich productivity and contribute to human welfare. 

Even though the improvement of technology brings numerous advantages, it also has a lot of threats that are possible to cause disadvantages to both institutions and individuals, respectively. Therefore, institutions are expected to take preventive actions due to the threats that come along with the development of technology in order to avert strategic impacts. The most relevant technological innovation would invent competitive advantages and potentially improving an institution’s cyber security and digital trust. 

The Need for Zero-Trust Architectures 

Challenging complications such as a lack of security protocols, methods, and less compatible systems requires institutions to generate new strategies in order to restrain the threats. The new strategies must also be developed along with the needs of customers, employees, and stakeholders. The threats would manifest as acts of fraud or crimes related to privacy and justice issues or often known as fraud. This is usually done by a fraudster for personal gain. 

Zero-trust architectures would be a solid infrastructure security foundation, and data would be an effective way to restrain threats.

Zero-trust is commonly known only as a form of cyber security, but conceptually, it requires all accessors to go through a verification, authentication, and authorization process before accessing the networks. The concept of zero-trust also assumes that there must be threats behind the institution’s firewall, which is uniquely able to overcome the threat of data misuse. Considering the explanations, obeying to the principle of zero-trust is important in the digital advancement of an institution.

The benefits of zero-trust architecture implementation for institutions include:

1. Supporting the concept of remote working: employees would be able to work safely from anywhere and on any device.

2. Minimizing the risks: minimizing the threat of fraud or misuse of data with an authentication and verification process.

3. Time management: tasks that require accuracy can be automated, maximizing the efficiency of work.

4. Increasing the employees’ experience: due to the high level of data security, this would provide a sense of security for employees.

How does it work? 

It is not only used for keeping the benchmark of an institution, zero-trust also protects every document and piece of data by authenticating every identity and device. These actions are possible regarding the capability of zero-trust architectures:

1. Identity: important due to get to know all accessors, identity also needs to be ensured its authenticity.

2. Device: devices that will access data to browsers and applications must be clearly verified.

3. Data: encrypting and protecting data in order to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the data.

4. Application: strengthen the access and configuration applications.

5. Infrastructure: adopt a qualified infrastructure to support the zero trust concept.

6. Network: protecting internal and external networks, as well as detecting threats on a regular and real-time basis. 

Digital Signatures as Zero-Trust Architectures 

The characteristics of zero-trust architectures that require system validation and authentication in order to prove the authenticity of a user’s identity or devices that would access internal networks or resources that are analogous to the use of digital signatures. Unverified digital signatures appear to be less secure; however, verified digital signatures have both legal accountability and cryptography protection in order to provide solid validation and authentication of documents or data.

According to securew2.com, electronic signatures support the initiative of zero trust with cryptography that would ensure the identity of the receiver and also answer questions like:

“how do you know when the person who signs with electronic signatures is the one who is responsible?” 

“how do you know the documents that were signed by electronic signatures have not been altered?” 

In order to fulfill the needs of zero trust architectures, digital signatures that functioned as authentication tools must be verified and suitable according to the regulation. Digital signatures that are suitable with government regulation and has the technology to ensure the security system would help the institution increase data security and privacy. These days, we don’t need to worry much about technology development in an institution due to the possibilities of threats or fraud reductions that are connected with privacy issues and justice. TékenAja! is the first Certificate Authority (CA) and has been certified as ‘Root’ by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics (KOMINFO). The entire implementation of digital signatures is in accordance with Article 11 of the ITE Law and Government Regulation Article 71 of 2019. The security technology used in the digital signatures is also the best, multi-factor authentication (MFA), which will provide the best service to consumers. Contact us for further information.

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