In today’s fast-evolving digital landscape, ensuring robust information security is paramount for organizations. To navigate the intricacies of cybersecurity, Gartner’s highly anticipated Hype Cycle for Zero Trust Networking, 2023 offers valuable insights and guidance. Ermes Cyber Security’s mention in this influential document underscores its significance as a trusted industry player providing cutting-edge solutions to implement effective security measures. 


What is the Hype Cycle? 

Gartner’s Hype Cycle provides a visual representation of the maturity, adoption, and the potential benefits of various technologies over time. It helps organizations discern solid practices and marketing hype surrounding the emerging technologies. Within the context of zero trust networking, Hype Cycle focuses specifically on the technologies that enable the implementation of zero trust principles. 

Key Findings and Highlights: 

The Hype Cycle for Zero Trust Networking, 2023 outlines the significant trends and technologies for I&O leaders to consider: 

1. Innovation Trigger: Browser Security Solutions are positioned as an Innovation Trigger due to their potential to drive advancements in Zero Trust Networking. These solutions play a pivotal role in enhancing information security and providing essential services like policy enforcement, visibility, and productivity enhancements within enterprise browsers. 

2. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Security Service Edge (SSE) is a highly sought-after technology at the peak of hype. SSE addresses the changing traffic flows associated with public cloud and SaaS services by providing cloud-resident enforcement and converging security tools and vendors. 

3. Trough of Disillusionment: Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) has reached the trough due to the exaggerated marketing activities. This phase underscores the need for the critical evaluation of vendor claims and the understanding of the real-world implications. 

4. Slope of Enlightenment: Several technologies such as Remote Browser Isolation (RBI), Container Security, Micro segmentation, OpenID Connect, and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) have matured and gained real-world adoption. They offer tangible benefits on the path to achieving zero trust. 

4. Fast Progression: RBI, integrated as a feature of SSE, experiences rapid adoption. Similarly, the Service Connectivity Layer (SCL) advances swiftly as platform teams seek software abstraction to simplify networking and security processes. 


Gartner Hype Cycle
Gartner Hype Cycle

Implications for Enterprise Browsers: 

Enterprise Browsers play a significant role within the Hype Cycle, gaining traction in the market as a notable technology. These browsers and extensions provide essential security services, policy enforcement, visibility, and productivity enhancements. They complement existing security solutions and expand the reach of security controls, ensuring a comprehensive approach to information security. 

Enterprise browsers enable secure remote access for contractors, suppliers, and branch locations even while using non-standardized equipment and they perfectly align with the increasing needs of the remote work environments. They address the challenge of supporting unmanaged devices while ensuring a familiar end-user experience. Small and midsize organizations benefit from the cost-effective, centrally managed nature of enterprise browsers that enhance effectively their overall security maturity. 


Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Zero Trust Networking, 2023 serves as an invaluable resource for I&O leaders seeking to implement robust zero trust principles within their networks. Understanding the maturity and the potential for various technologies empowers informed decision-making. With Ermes Cyber Security’s recognition in the Hype Cycle, it reaffirms their expertise and innovative contributions to the zero-trust networking landscape, particularly in the realm of enterprise browsers. Leveraging the insights from this influential document is crucial for organizations aiming to achieve comprehensive and mature zero trust programs. 

References: Gartner. (18 July 2023). Hype Cycle for Zero Trust Networking, 2023. [ID G00790730] Analysts: Andrew Lerner, John Watts.