According to Okta’s annual study, the use of zero-trust security is increasing amid growing organizational concern about cybersecurity issues. 

Based on a survey of 700 security executives, Okta’s State of Zero Trust Security 2022 research reveals that virtually all firms questioned have either already launched a zero-trust program or have definitive plans to launch one soon.

Furthermore, organizations are under pressure to hurry, especially now that the United States government has ordered the establishment of zero-trust architecture across governmental institutions.

The current state of zero trust

The poll indicated that 55 percent of respondents currently have a zero-trust program, and 42 percent aim to adopt zero trust soon, highlighting that zero-trust initiatives have come astoundingly far in one year. In 2021, 24 percent had zero-trust programs, with 65 percent aiming to launch one over the next 12 to 18 months.

Going passwordless

The same firms recognized that security doesn’t have to come at the expense of usability, thanks to the growing popularity of passwordless authentication. Passwordless access is a global priority for the next 12 to 18 months.

Almost a quarter of those polled in financial services reported they intend to or have already used passwordless security. 27 percent in healthcare and 18 percent in software development said the same.

With 80 percent of respondents regarding identification critical to their zero-trust plans, zero trust has been at the frontline of the quickly changing security landscape. Furthermore, nearly one-fifth of respondents emphasized that identity security is important for business.