The NSA is Wrong: Microsegmentation is Not Only for “Advanced”  Orgs

Published March 11, 2024 by Nicholas DiCola

For many in cybersecurity, the National Security Agency (NSA) stands as a beacon of guidance, offering insights and recommendations to fortify our digital defenses. However, in their recent articulation of zero-trust guidance, there's a sentiment that needs challenging: the notion that microsegmentation is a daunting, advanced endeavor, only suitable to the most mature organizations.

Indeed, it is very hard to read NSA’s report without feeling that your network is behaving like a child, and it will be a long hard process to mature it into a grown-up. This “growing up” is broken down by NSA as follows:

  • Data flow mapping: identifying which routes data takes between nodes so it can be better protected.
  • Macro-segmentation: separation of sub-organizations in the network.
  • Micro-segmentation: further segmentation within the sub-organization to a more granular level, so any workload and user only have access to what they need.
  • Software defined networking: having centralized control over packet routing, allowing for better visibility and alerting.

Going through these steps will not only require a complete makeover of one’s entire network infrastructure, but also take a whole security team to start mapping away data flows and creating segmentation rules.

Your Network Doesn’t Need a Makeover, Just a Little Guidance

Don’t feel bad if you finished reading the NSA’s report feeling your network is not mature enough. There are probably only a handful of organizations “advanced” enough to take on such a complicated endeavor. For the rest, there is a better way…

Zero Networks has helped organizations of all sizes, maturity, and complexity levels to deploy our radically simple microsegmentation solution in a click, without breaking anything, and with little to no effort!

Sound too good to be true? You’re not the only one to think that. Our customers were also skeptics when we first described our radically simple segmentation solution. It is a running theme in our collection of testimonials; so much so, that we made a supercut video (40 sec.) of that disbelief. But once they saw it in action, game over:

  • “It’s easy. It’s simple. It’s effective.” - John Shaffer, CIO, Greenhill & Co.
  • "This is way too simple, way too easy.” - Justin Manifold, Senior IT Security Engineer of Vermeer Corporation
  • “The ease of deployment was shocking to me. It’s a simple and elegant solution to a very difficult problem.” – Henry Mayorga, CISO, Baron Capital

While some may hesitate, thinking microsegmentation is beyond their reach, we urge organizations to reconsider. Waiting is not an option when it comes to securing your network against evolving threats. By prioritizing microsegmentation, you're taking a proactive stance against unauthorized lateral movement, thwarting advanced attacks, and effectively blocking ransomware.

Imagine a network where every endpoint is shielded, where lateral movement is halted in its tracks, and where ransomware finds no foothold. That's the reality with Zero Networks. Our intuitive platform makes microsegmentation accessible to all, regardless of your organization's size or technical expertise.

Don't let misconceptions about microsegmentation hold you back. The time for action is now. Prioritize microsegmentation with Zero Networks and safeguard your digital assets against today's cyber threats. Together, we can build a more secure future for all.