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4 Zero Trust Platform Use Cases From Forrester’s Landscape Report

What are four key use cases for zero trust platforms and how can they help your organization? To answer that question, we must first define “zero trust platform,” and Forrester helped us do just that.

In its recent report, The Zero Trust Platforms Landscape Q2 2023, a top-rated research and advisory firm defines a zero trust platform as “a unified offering of core security technologies that serve as the base upon which other security tooling, applications, or processes can be used to enable the zero trust model of information security.”

It goes on to explain that “These platforms deliver a variety of functionalities across the seven zero trust domains — data, workload, network, user, device, automation and orchestration, and visibility and analytics. Zero trust platforms include integrated products from a single vendor’s portfolio and third-party vendor technology integrations to form a zero trust technology ecosystem.”

The report — which recognizes BlackBerry as a “notable” zero trust platform — explores how prospective buyers of zero trust solutions should navigate the vendor landscape to achieve their desired outcomes.

Identifying which zero trust use cases fit your organization’s needs is a crucial first step. This allows organizations to begin to understand which platforms can best support their identified use cases. In turn, this can help them to quickly achieve a worthwhile level of zero trust transformation, even with limited staff, skills, or budgets.

This process also helps reveal which vendors are maximizing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to automate network and security controls.

Four Key Use Cases of Zero Trust Platforms

Here are four of the five core zero trust platform use cases Forrester identifies in the report:

Use Case #1: Enable and Protect the Hybrid (“Anywhere”) Workforce

According to Forrester, the objective of this use case is to “detect, register, validate, authenticate, authorize, monitor, encrypt, and log workforce and endpoints from anywhere.” This is in stark contrast to many legacy security solutions and VPNs, which fail to adequately support remote work, often resulting in security gaps, unhappy users, and complicated administration.  

Use Case #2: Monitor and Secure Network Traffic Across the Enterprise

Forrester says the objectives for this use case involve the ability to “ingest, analyze, report, and prevent intentional and/or accidental behavior between entities.”

Use Case #3: Prevent Lateral Movement of Unauthorized Activity

According to Forrester, zero trust platforms should address multiple security needs, including the ability to “enforce application-aware controls around protected segments, and limit threats to apps/services from exploitable lateral dependencies.”

Use Case #4: Enforce Least Privilege on All Entities

In this use case, the objective is to “create, manage, and authenticate human/nonhuman entity access rights through contextual, risk-based policies,” according to Forrester.

BlackBerry’s Position in the Market

BlackBerry self-reported that its clients select them for all four of the use cases previously discussed. BlackBerry has designed CylanceEDGE™ for these use cases. In addition, BlackBerry has identified several extended use cases, based on customer feedback, including the ability to:

  • Simplify solution procurement and integration
  • Implement dynamic data-centric controls
  • Enhance segmentation across a distributed enterprise

For BlackBerry, this report and other recent studies provide validation that our innovative approach to addressing the evolving zero trust market is succeeding. We believe this validation confirms that BlackBerry continues to be seen as a vendor of choice by organizations and governments looking to future-proof their cybersecurity investments, and those seeking to enable their employees with frictionless access to critical resources — from anywhere, on any device — to help accelerate their digital business transformation efforts.

CylanceEDGE: Zero Trust, Simplified

CylanceEDGE simplifies and secures hybrid work for organizations of any size. It’s built to enable secure access that scales with the changing demands of the organization, prevents breaches, and enhances the end-user experience. (Listen to one of our customers, Granite State Credit Union, discuss the benefits and outcomes the organization achieved through partnering with BlackBerry).

CylanceEDGE also integrates with BlackBerry® UEM (unified endpoint management), has built-in support for sensitive data categorization, and unifies alerts, providing centrally managed security controls.

The zero trust solution also offers a built-in and easy-to-use access control list (ACL) framework that can help businesses establish segmentation and least privilege access, providing airtight integration with industry-leading identity providers (IdP) like Ping, Okta, and more.

Your Zero Trust Platform Journey Starts Now

BlackBerry was founded in 1984, developing trusted technologies to help organizations protect and empower a resilient, distributed workforce. We have been a leader in cybersecurity since our first product — and pioneered connectivity and cybersecurity throughout our innovative history.

Now BlackBerry has created a best-in-class zero trust platform that helps organizations of any size meet their outcome-driven use cases. That’s why BlackBerry is pleased to be named a “notable” zero trust platform vendor by Forrester in the new Zero Trust Platforms Landscape report.

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Nathan Jenniges

About Nathan Jenniges

Nathan Jenniges is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cybersecurity at BlackBerry.