Deepank Dixit

Technical Consulting Engineer @Cisco

Deepank Dixit works as Technical Consulting Engineer in Security AAA. He helps customers with issues pertaining to the deployment and management of their security IAM solutions. His day-today responsibility is identifying issues in a live network, isolating the root cause and providing a long-term fix as solution. Deeply fond of playing snooker and trekking the mountains, he is currently exploring the world of Artificial Intelligence as grad student from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Deepank recently achieved Cisco Security Ninja Black Belt, and was a speaker in Cisco Offensive Summit 2021. He is also an upcoming speaker at Cisco SecCon 2021 in Zero Trust Track.

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"Trust me, I'm an insider" - Diving into Zero Trust Security

In 2020, hackers got around by making about 4.2 Billion Dollars majorly from Phishing scams.

The current scenario of Network Security highly depends on the assumption that if a client has a set of “good” credentials, they can be trusted with access to all or at least some confidential resources of the network.

Back to reality – with an exponential data usage nowadays, there is a definite increase in the degree of data breach in an organization. So, with the conventional checks, any “authenticated” client, making a connection from “outside” or “inside” can access this data and possibly exploit it. Most of the time, unknowingly.

Having just a single security layer solution like VPNs or 1st Gen Firewalls but still relying on the good old dictionary credentials for SSH is evidently not good enough.

The Zero Trust approach involves a combination of securer authentication approaches such as MFA with profiling and posturing of the client device along with some stronger encryption checks.  

Only after complete holistic verification of the entity, “thou shall pass!”.

So how does it do a better job? How scalable is it? And why trust the “Zero Trust”?


Tuesday Nov 2 / 11:10AM PDT (40 minutes)


Security: Establishing & Maintaining Customer Trust


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