Cloudflare is set to launch its own eSIM counterpart, which it says is the world’s first “Zero Trust” SIM.
Cloudflare’s new SIM card subscribes to a zero-trust security model that describes a never trust, always verify approach where devices are never automatically trusted, even if previously verified or already connected to a closed corporate network.
No wonder there is interest in such a technology, mobile devices remain an extremely popular endpoint for hackers trying to access corporate networks; Cyber security company Zimperium analyzed more than 500,000 phishing pages in 2022 and found that the number of phishing pages dedicated exclusively to mobile devices increased by 50%.
What will the users get?
Employees will be able to cover their employer’s monthly data costs if they agree to let Cloudflare route work-related traffic via a SIM card over a network with Zero Trust security
Cloudflare says the solution will be simple to install and all users will have to do is scan a QR code that can be embedded in the employee’s briefing from their phone’s camera.
The new SIM card will allow companies to prevent employees from visiting phishing and malware sites, according to Cloudflare, as DNS requests leaving the device can automatically and implicitly use the Cloudflare gateway for DNS filtering.
In addition, the new SIM will allow companies to mitigate widespread SIM-based attacks, and Cloudflare says that “the eSIM-based approach allows us to prevent SIM swap or cloning attacks, and by blocking the SIM cards on individual employee devices, the same security measures for physical SIM cards.” .
Cloudflare also says the new SIM card will enable secure, identity-based private connectivity to cloud services, on-premises infrastructure, and fleets of IoT devices via the WAN-as-a-service Magic WAN solution.
Zero Trust SIM is yet to be launched, but is expected to be made available to customers on a regional scale, and Cloudflare says it is currently testing the technology on its own network.
If you are an organization with no existing mobile solution and want to register, you can go here (opens in a new tab).