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Seven Elements of Highly Successful Zero Trust Architecture

An architect’s guide to the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange

Legacy architectures leave you vulnerable to attack

Traditional network and security approaches, such as VPNs and firewalls, become ineffective as applications move to the cloud and users work from everywhere. These approaches require that users connect to the network, which opens the door for attackers to compromise sensitive data and inflict substantial damage on your business.

Your attack surface
Infect users, devices, workloads
They move laterally across your routable network to find high-value targets
Avoid firewall detection
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Zero trust architecture

Comprehensive security for digital transformation

To be successful in today’s hybrid work environment, IT and security teams need to rethink networking and security. This is where a zero trust architecture comes into play. Zero trust is a holistic security approach based on least-privileged access and the idea that no user or application should be inherently trusted. It assumes all connections are hostile and only grants access once identity and context are verified and policy checks are enforced.


Zscaler delivers zero trust through the Zero Trust Exchange—an integrated, cloud native platform that securely connects users, workloads, and devices to applications without connecting to the network. This unique approach eliminates the attack surface, prevents lateral threat movement, and protects against compromise and data loss.


See it in action

See the Zero Trust Exchange in action

Follow Jane and John Doe on their journey through the zero trust process of accessing applications to see how the seven elements are applied by the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange.

See it in action