Zero Trust Software: Polymorphing for Linux White Paper 2021

The goal of zero trust designs is to stop attacks before they occur. Here is a favored approach by a team of experienced professionals we know and trust, LP3.

Behind every major hack—OPM, Equifax, BlueCross, WannaCry, Target, Home Depot, Sony, WhatsApp, you name it—is a bug the hackers exploited. It’s impossible to fix every bug: they’re in your application code, your operating system, your hypervisors and bootloaders; they’re in every configuration and deployment.

Even when software patches are available, immediately deploying patches is a struggle for even the most advanced organizations. Some patches break compatibility; others mess up performance. If the computer is not Internet connected, it might not even be possible to patch in a timely way.

As an industry—as a society—we will be plagued by cyberattacks until we learn a new approach to dealing with bugs.

When the business world shifted overnight from office work to working from home, technology managers all over the world wrestled with the dilemma of how to let everyone work both remotely and securely, outside of the (mostly) pristine and controlled walls of the corporate network. The Zero Trust framework came to the rescue.

One important aspect of Zero Trust is Zero Trust Software, which is based on a simple idea: assume bugs.

If you assume—correctly—that your software systems and the human processes surrounding it contain bugs and other errors, what can we do about it? The key insight is to make the bugs difficult to exploit.

While traditional software and crippling software bugs are like standing still in dodgeball, polymorphic technologies let software move around. Like constantly changing passwords in multi-factor authentication, the technical details of software systems, from memory layouts to script engines are in motion, making it extraordinarily hard for attackers to exploit the bugs.

Polymorphic technologies don’t have to be limited to elite companies. Polyverse offers polymorphic defenses for your Linux systems with a simple one-click, fire-and-forget install. The product works on both modern and legacy systems—even unpatched systems more than a decade old.

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