It’s time to look beyond the standard Zero Trust framework

Zero Trust describes a cybersecurity strategy in which a system assumes it’s already been breached by bad actors hiding behind legitimate credentials. Rather than barricading the perimeter, this strategy focuses inward, monitoring the digital environment for suspicious behavior by comparing real-time activity to a baseline of how credentialed users are expected to behave within the system.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) outlines the traditionally accepted framework for Zero Trust assessment in their Zero Trust Maturity Model (ZTMM). This model measures the maturity level of:

  • Visibility and analytics
  • Automation and orchestration 
  • Governance

Across five pillars:

  1. Identity
  2. Devices
  3. Network
  4. Apps and Workloads
  5. Data

Using ratings:

  • Traditional
  • Initial
  • Advanced
  • Optimal




But we’ve identitfied a fundamental flaw in CISA’s ZTMM: Identity’s role is misunderstood. So what is that role? Let’s dive in.

Identity is the center of everything

With a Zero Trust strategy, the system is looking for users who may not be who they say they are; its success in identifying a breach hinges on the speed and accuracy with which behavioral discrepencies can be spotted in the digital environment. But without Identity, there is no reference point for Zero Trust. 

So the factor of Identity can’t be separated from the pillars of devices, networks, apps, workloads, and data in the way CISA’s traditional ZTMM holds. Rather, Identity is a fundamental component of each pillar, required to enable even the most base level of maturity. 

Identity Fabric Model for Zero Trust Maturity

Our Identity Fabric Model for Zero Trust Maturity exists to more accurately convey the nature of Identity within the Zero Trust security framework for a comprehensive approach to Zero Trust where Identity is the throughline connecting each pillar.




Today, BeyondID is the first and only managed Identity services provider delivering on a holistic approach to Zero Trust. We’ve been able to do this by ensuring that everything we do is in support of the integral relationship between Identity and Zero Trust maturity. 


Our digital Identity services bolster Zero Trust functions across the board (from devices, to network, to apps and workload, to data) to promote a holistic Zero Trust strategy. With the best baseline of digital Identity, our 24/7/365 SOC can detect and respond to suspicious activity in all corners of your digital environment faster than ever. 

When we look at the outcomes of this approach to Zero Trust, we see exactly what we’d expect from a highly successful Identity-centric cybersecurity strategy. These are long-term, experiential outcomes like:

  • Brand loyalty and topline growth
  • Frictionless productivity
  • Improved customer experience

Top security benefits include:

  • Optimal thread detection, investigation, and remediation
  • Continuous compliance and risk mitigation
  • High ROI on IT and security investments

BeyondID Zero Trust services

Are you ready to think beyond the traditional Zero Trust framework? BeyondID launched the next generation of Zero Trust services at Oktane23!

The Identity Fabric approach to Zero Trust services unites the pillars of Zero Trust maturity by considering Identity at the core of each. By implementing a strong digital Identity strategy across the board, BeyondID can help your organization reach its cybersecurity goals while attracting and retaining customers with a seamlessly connected user experience. 

BeyondID is the first and only managed Identity services provider delivering services consistent with the Identity Fabric Model for Zero Trust Maturity. Visit to learn more.