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Navigating regulatory compliance can be a massive challenge for managed service providers (MSPs) and their clients. Only 40% of organizations reported achieving robust compliance with regulatory standards in 2023,1 resulting in consequences like fines, cyberattacks, and irreparable brand damage. And with damages caused by cybercrime predicted to cost businesses $9.5 trillion in 2024,2 implementing compliance solutions that help customers strengthen their security posture while adhering to evolving regulatory standards is critical.

That’s where zero trust access (ZTA) comes in. ZTA takes a "never trust, always verify" approach to security – meaning access privileges are only granted based on continuously verifying user identity, device health, and the security posture of resource requests. This granular control aligns with many regulatory standards that require strict access controls, monitoring of privileged actions, and robust authentication. By implementing zero trust principles, MSPs can help their clients meet regulations like HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS, and others. 

In this blog, we'll provide MSPs with a blueprint for integrating zero trust access into compliance strategies to help clients keep their critical systems and data secure.

Why Do MSPs Need Compliance Solutions?

Regulatory compliance is a critical concern for MSP clients. Many industries face stringent data privacy regulations, and failure to comply can result in costly penalties, lawsuits, reputational damage, and even criminal charges in extreme cases.

Another major hazard of non-compliance is data breaches, which rose by 78% in 2023.3 A data breach not only allows threat actors to steal sensitive information but also often violates compliance frameworks. The impact of financial losses plus compliance infractions can be devastating.

Comprehensive compliance solutions are essential for MSPs to safeguard their clients. However, traditional cybersecurity alone is no longer sufficient. The zero trust security model has revolutionized the industry by eliminating implicit trust – but where does regulatory compliance fit in?

The answer lies in the integration of compliance processes and zero-trust architecture. When properly implemented, these two disciplines become force multipliers for risk reduction and data protection. 

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How Do Zero Trust and Compliance Solutions Work Together?

Integrating zero-trust principles into a compliance strategy provides powerful benefits for MSPs and their clients. Here’s how zero trust and compliance solutions can work together to improve security and regulatory adherence:

Data Protection and Compliance

Zero trust strengthens data protection efforts by eliminating trust assumptions and continuously verifying identities and devices. It aligns compliance requirements with a zero-trust approach, ensuring sensitive data remains secure and compliant with regulations. Businesses face several challenges when meeting regulatory and compliance requirements, such as securing data, providing secure access, and maintaining auditability. Zero trust access offers an effective solution to these challenges.

Risk Mitigation

MSPs can leverage zero trust principles to reduce compliance-related risks effectively. By constantly monitoring and verifying activities, they can identify and mitigate potential compliance breaches before they become issues. Continuous monitoring is pivotal in maintaining compliance and addressing emerging threats quickly.

Identity-Centric Access Control

Leveraging identity-based access control, a feature of zero trust access, is crucial for meeting compliance mandates. MSPs can ensure secure vendor access while meeting compliance requirements by granting access based on verified identities and least privilege principles with ZTA.

4 Essential Best Practices for Zero Trust Compliance

Adopting the right practices is essential for MSPs to successfully integrate zero-trust principles into their compliance strategies. Follow these best practices to achieve seamless integration:

1. Implement Strong Access Controls

Access controls are central to both zero trust security and compliance. MSPs must leverage identity-based authentication, least-privilege access, microsegmentation, and continuous monitoring of user activities to ensure that only verified identities can access authorized data and systems. Granular access policies satisfy data privacy requirements while hardening the overall environment.

2. Take a Holistic Approach

MSPs should combine zero trust principles with compliance strategies to create a unified security approach. By integrating compliance solutions into their zero trust framework, they can achieve security and regulatory goals more efficiently. 

3. Map Zero Trust to Compliance Frameworks

To meet regulatory requirements effectively, MSPs can map zero trust access principles to various compliance frameworks. This practical guide helps them navigate complex regulatory landscapes and align their customers’ security strategies accordingly.

4. Leverage Compliance for a Competitive Edge

Managing compliance with zero trust access not only mitigates risks but also protects the client's reputation and creates a competitive advantage. MSPs that can demonstrate their commitment to compliance and security practices gain a significant edge in the market, attracting businesses that prioritize data protection and regulatory adherence.

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Zero Trust Compliance Solutions for MSPs

Safous offers a comprehensive suite of zero-trust compliance solutions designed specifically for MSPs, including:

Safous Security Assessment

The Safous Security Assessment is designed to identify vulnerable attack surfaces, a critical compliance requirement. By gaining visibility into potential compliance gaps and vulnerabilities, MSPs can proactively address issues and strengthen their clients' security postures.

Safous Zero Trust Access

Safous Zero Trust Access is pivotal in protecting access points, a key aspect of maintaining compliance. By implementing zero trust principles, Safous ZTA ensures that only authorized individuals and devices gain access to sensitive business systems and data. This alignment with compliance needs provides peace of mind to MSPs and their clients.

Partner With Safous for Comprehensive Zero Trust Compliance Solutions

In the ever-changing world of cybersecurity, MSPs must equip themselves with the right tools and strategies to tackle compliance challenges within the zero-trust security framework.

At Safous, we understand MSPs' critical role in safeguarding their clients' networks. Our Safous Security Assessment and Safous ZTA are designed to empower MSPs with the compliance solutions they need to navigate this evolving landscape confidently. Explore how our solutions can strengthen your security posture, ensure compliance for your clients, and set you apart as a trusted security partner by requesting a demo today. 

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/issues/risk-regulation/global-risk-survey.html
  2. https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybercrime-to-cost-the-world-9-trillion-annually-in-2024
  3. https://www.biometricupdate.com/202401/2023-was-marred-with-data-leaks-2024-might-be-even-worse
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