Learning Path

Fundamentals of Zero Trust

Explore the concept of zero trust in cybersecurity.

What you will learn

Zero trust changes how we architect and secure digital systems. It is still a relatively young but fast-maturing field. This learning path aims to give you the fundamentals of zero trust, focusing on the architecture itself. You can start your zero trust journey right here or learn to support your organization’s zero trust program.

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Introduction to Zero Trust

Course — 02:19:43

What exactly is zero trust?

Zero trust threat reduction: a ransomware killer?

Course — 00:30:20

Let’s learn how to reduce threats by using zero trust.

Zero trust tenets and NIST high-level architecture

Course — 01:09:41

Here, we extrapolate from the principles of ZT to the tenets and NIST high-level architecture to a zero trust take on the old subject-object model.

Zero trust enterprise architecture: what are you protecting?

Course — 00:54:51

Now we’ve covered the high-level architectural models of zero trust, let’s take a sitrep and see how this applies to the enterprise.

Zero trust architecture (ZTA) design patterns

Course — 01:15:46

How do you implement the ZTA high-level design in practice? We explain the different design patterns and when each should be applied.

Zero trust policy

Course — 00:42:27

Here we will discuss types of policy with an example of a zero trust policy versus a legacy policy.

Trust me … decision & trust algorithms

Course — 00:53:00

Here we will dissect the policy decision point into its constituent parts and discover how a policy decision point works by using trust algorithms.

Threats to a zero trust architecture

Course — 01:22:40

Is a zero trust architecture resilient to cyberattack? What threats can it sustain? Take this course to find out.

Migrating to a zero trust architecture (ZTA)

Course — 00:48:18

Discover how to roll out zero trust.

Meet the author

Enabling people to understand and build Zero Trust Architectures is Patrick’s passion as a Zero Trust Architect, Consultant, and Forrester certified ZTX Strategist. Patrick has worked in security architecture, design and operations for over a decade working with enterprises in Banking, Pharmaceuticals, High Tech and Government. He is also a CISSP professional! Check out Patrick’s learning path “Fundamentals of Zero Trust” to jump start your Zero Trust journey.

The details

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How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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