Zero Trust Mastermind Workshop

Create zero doubt on how your organization can enforce a Zero Trust methodology.

Demystify Zero Trust

Implementing Zero Trust is more than just deploying products that make up a Zero Trust architecture; it requires integration, automation, and policy that constantly enforces the methodology. The Zero Trust Mastermind Workshop was created to help simplify the process in building a plan for organizations looking to truly enforce Zero Trust.

What is a Zero Trust Mastermind Workshop?

This is a free collaborative working session focused on Zero Trust. During the workshop, Alchemy will educate the customer, conduct a thorough environmental discovery, and provide expert guidance through high-level discussions and in-depth pre-sales interactions.

Alchemy’s Zero Trust Mastermind Workshop gives:

  1. Education and Insight: The session educates customers on the latest security protocols and best practices, equipping them with the knowledge to understand and manage Zero Trust architectures effectively.

  2. Customized Strategy Development: The session offers tailored guidance to help customers develop and refine a Zero Trust strategy that aligns with their specific organizational needs and security challenges.

  3. Practical Implementation Guidance: Participants receive advice and practical steps for implementing Zero Trust principles, ensuring they can apply what they’ve learned to enhance their organization’s security posture.


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The Approach

Alchemy’s team of Security experts have helped hundreds of clients across various sectors and regions to successfully increase their security maturity. Our Zero Trust Mastermind Workshop will help assess and provide prescriptive guidance to help secure your organization.




We assess an organization’s Zero Trust status and processes to identify needs, gaps, and improvement areas required to enforce Zero Trust methodologies.




We will provide a summary featuring a roadmap, bill of materials, project scope, and definitive proposal, coupled with expert guidance on Zero Trust to align technology with business goals and recommend best practices for effective implementation.

The Deliverables

Quickly and effectively enhance your cybersecurity strategy; this comprehensive, interactive session will provide you with essential insights and a practical roadmap, ensuring immediate improvements to your organization’s security.


One Engagement Session

Zero Trust Education



Action Plan

Project Proposal

Multiple Sessions​

Project Scope

Bill of Materials



One Engagement Session

Zero Trust Education

Hands-On Discovery

Detailed Roadmap

Action Plan

Project Proposal

Multiple Sessions​

Project Scope

Bill of Materials


Zero Trust Mastermind Workshop

Implementing Zero Trust security is complex due to its need for continuous verification of all users and devices, intricate policy management, and integration across diverse technology environments. This session helps organizations defend against evolving cyber threats.
What is Zero Trust?

Zero Trust is a cybersecurity strategy that operates on the principle that no individual or device should be automatically trusted, regardless of whether they are inside or outside the network perimeter. This approach mandates strict identity verification and access controls for every access request, aiming to minimize potential security breaches by treating all traffic as potentially hostile.

How does the Zero Trust model work?

The Zero Trust model operates on the principle of “never trust, always verify.” This security strategy assumes that threats can originate from both outside and inside the network. To implement Zero Trust, organizations must:

  1. Verify Every User and Device: Zero Trust requires rigorous identity verification for every person and device attempting to access resources on the network, regardless of their location.

  2. Apply Least Privilege Access: Users and devices are granted the minimum level of access necessary to perform their tasks. This minimizes potential damage from breaches.

  3. Segment Networks: The network is segmented into smaller, manageable zones to more effectively control sensitive data and applications. Access to each segment requires separate authentication.

  4. Monitor and Log All Traffic: Continuous monitoring and logging of all network traffic help to detect and respond to anomalies quickly.

  5. Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): MFA adds additional layers of security, requiring more than one piece of evidence to authenticate a user’s identity, thereby reducing the likelihood of unauthorized access.

  6. Employ Security Automation: Automated security responses are essential for swiftly addressing breaches or suspicious activities, reducing the time attackers have inside the network.

By enforcing these strict controls, Zero Trust ensures that security does not rely solely on perimeter defenses but is always dynamically adjusted based on context and risk.

How is Zero Trust different from traditional security?

Zero Trust significantly differs from traditional security models in its fundamental approach to network security:

  1. Trust Assumptions: Traditional security often operates under the assumption that everything inside the network is trusted, focusing primarily on protecting against external threats. Zero Trust, however, assumes that trust is never implicit and verifies every request as if it originates from an open network.

  2. Access Controls: Traditional security models typically use perimeter-based defenses, such as firewalls and VPNs, to create a boundary around the network. Once inside, users often have broad access. Zero Trust implements strict access controls and continuously validates even the inside traffic.

  3. Least Privilege: While traditional security might give extensive access based on the user’s role within the network, Zero Trust enforces least privilege access, restricting user and device access to only those resources necessary for their specific tasks at that time.

  4. Network Segmentation: Zero Trust extensively uses micro-segmentation to divide the network into smaller, secure zones, making it harder for attackers to move laterally across the network. Traditional models may have more generalized network segments and weaker internal controls.

  5. Security Perimeters: Traditional security often depends on a defined perimeter for defense, but Zero Trust treats all users and devices, both inside and outside the perimeter, as potential threats and continuously monitors and validates their legitimacy.

Overall, Zero Trust provides a more granular and dynamic approach to security, adapting to modern environments where network perimeters are no longer as clearly defined due to cloud computing, remote working, and mobile access.

What are the three tenets of Zero Trust?

The three tenets of Zero Trust include:

  1. Verify Explicitly: Always authenticate and authorize based on all available data points, including user identity, location, device health, service or workload, data classification, and anomalies.

  2. Least Privilege Access: Limit user access with just-enough-access (JEA), just-in-time (JIT) provisioning, and risk-based adaptive policies to minimize the attack surface.

  3. Assume Breach: Operate under the assumption that a breach is either likely or has already occurred, thus minimizing the impact and hastening the response to any security incidents.

These principles work together to ensure that security is maintained continuously across all elements of the organization’s environment.

What are the 7 core pillars of Zero Trust?

The seven core pillars of Zero Trust include:

  1. User Identity: Verifying and securing the identity of all users with robust authentication methods.

  2. Device Security: Ensuring all devices are secure before they can access network resources, regardless of their location.

  3. Network Segmentation: Dividing network resources into separate segments to limit lateral movement and provide secure access.

  4. Data Security: Protecting data through encryption, secure access controls, and ensuring only those who need to access data can do so.

  5. Application Security: Applying controls to secure all applications, ensuring they only permit authorized and intended actions.

  6. Visibility and Analytics: Gaining insights into all network traffic and user activity to detect and respond to potential security threats swiftly.

  7. Automation and Orchestration: Using automated technologies and orchestrated responses to security events to reduce response times and manual efforts.

Together, these pillars form a comprehensive approach to implementing a Zero Trust architecture, enhancing security across every touchpoint of the network and user interaction.

What are the advantages of Zero Trust?

The advantages of adopting a Zero Trust security model include:

  1. Enhanced Security Posture: By never implicitly trusting any entity inside or outside the network, Zero Trust minimizes the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access.

  2. Reduced Attack Surface: Limiting access to resources strictly to what is necessary significantly reduces the potential entry points for attackers.

  3. Improved Compliance: Zero Trust helps organizations meet stringent regulatory requirements by enforcing strict access controls and data security measures.

  4. Greater Visibility and Control: With Zero Trust, organizations gain detailed insights into user and device activities, enhancing monitoring and enabling more effective control over the IT environment.

  5. Adaptability to Modern Environments: Zero Trust is well-suited for modern IT ecosystems that include remote work, cloud-based resources, and mobile access, providing robust security across all platforms.

  6. Efficient Incident Response: The architecture’s emphasis on monitoring and verification facilitates quicker detection of anomalies and more coordinated responses to threats.

These advantages make Zero Trust a compelling framework for organizations aiming to strengthen their defensive mechanisms against contemporary cyber threats.

What is a VPN?
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a technology that creates a secure and encrypted connection over a less secure network, such as the internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to a private network. By routing the network traffic through a VPN server, it masks the user’s IP address, encrypts data, and helps increase privacy and security. VPNs are commonly used to protect sensitive data, bypass geographical restrictions on websites and streaming services, and shield browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi.
How is Zero Trust different from VPN?

Zero Trust and VPNs are distinct in their core functions and objectives within network security:

  1. Fundamental Approach: A VPN (Virtual Private Network) creates a secure and encrypted connection from one point to another over the internet, essentially extending a private network across a public one. Its primary goal is to ensure that data remains private and secure during transmission. Zero Trust, on the other hand, is a comprehensive security model that requires verification of every user and device, treating all traffic as potentially hostile, regardless of its origin.

  2. Scope of Security: VPNs primarily focus on securing the data transmission path and providing remote access to a network as if the user were directly connected to the private network. Zero Trust encompasses a broader scope, including user identity verification, device security, least privilege access, and continuous monitoring of all network activities.

  3. Access Control: VPNs generally grant access to an entire network or substantial segments once authentication is completed, potentially exposing sensitive systems and data to risks if the user’s credentials are compromised. Zero Trust ensures that access is granted on a need-to-know basis, segmented further with micro-permissions and continuously validated.

  4. Perimeter vs. Perimeter-less Security: VPNs operate on the traditional concept of a secure network perimeter. Zero Trust operates under the assumption that there is no inherent trust within or outside the network, effectively creating a perimeter-less environment where security measures are uniformly stringent across all network access points.

In summary, while VPNs provide a secure tunnel for accessing network resources remotely, Zero Trust provides a holistic framework for securing all network interactions, focusing on stringent access control, verification, and continuous security assessments.

What is the security risk of a VPN versus Zero Trust?

The security risks associated with VPNs compared to Zero Trust highlight fundamental differences in their approach and effectiveness:

  1. Network Access: VPNs can pose a security risk by potentially giving users access to the entire network once they authenticate. If a user’s credentials are compromised, attackers can access broad network resources, leading to potential data breaches. Zero Trust, by continually verifying every request, significantly reduces this risk by never granting broad access, even to authenticated users.

  2. Internal Threats: VPN security primarily guards against external threats, assuming that threats inside the network perimeter are low. This makes traditional VPNs less effective against insider threats or attacks that breach the perimeter. Zero Trust mitigates this by treating all users and devices, whether inside or outside the network, as potential threats, requiring continuous verification.

  3. Dynamic Security: VPNs do not typically adjust to dynamic security environments since their security model is not based on real-time risk assessments. Zero Trust continuously adapts its security measures based on the context of access requests, user behavior, and threat intelligence, offering a more robust defense mechanism that responds to changes in the threat landscape.

  4. Endpoint Security: VPNs do not inherently secure endpoints; they only secure the transmission of data between endpoints and the network. If an endpoint is compromised, a VPN will not prevent an attacker from exploiting this to gain deeper network access. Zero Trust includes endpoint security as a critical component, frequently assessing the security posture of devices before granting access to resources.

In essence, VPNs provide essential but limited security capabilities, primarily focusing on data transmission, while Zero Trust offers a comprehensive, adaptive security framework that addresses a broader spectrum of risks by continuously validating every access request across the network.