Governance & Risk Management , Video , Zero Trust

Zero Authority: Future of Security and Business Enablement

Jake Seid of Ballistic Ventures on How Zero Authority Revolutionizes Security
Jake Seid, general partner, Ballistic Ventures

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, zero authority is giving defenders a new perspective on security and business enablement, said Jake Seid, general partner at Ballistic Ventures. "Zero authority is an architectural change that affects every area of security," he said.

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Unlike traditional security measures that often obstruct business operations, zero authority aims to enhance security while simultaneously empowering business agility. Seid said zero authority is more than just a security framework. It's a paradigm shift that offers a holistic approach to both securing digital environments and enabling business growth.

"People think about zero trust as being something related to authorization for people," he said. "You could apply zero authority to open-source components as much as you can apply it to people. There's another very important distinction, which is that zero authority is also about business enablement."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Black Hat USA 2023, Seid also discussed:

  • Why the zero authority architectural approach is superior to zero trust;
  • How companies can limit authority without affecting performance and stability;
  • Why security products should focus on managing access rather than secrets.

Seid has a unique combination of professional operating and investing experience that he uses to support founders as they grow their businesses. As an investor, 11 of his early-stage investments have grown to become unicorn companies.

About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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