Zero Trust Rapid Modernization Plan

As an alternative to deployment guidance that provides detailed configuration steps for each of the technology pillars being protected by Zero Trust principles, Rapid Modernization Plan (RaMP) guidance is based on initiatives and gives you a set of deployment paths to more quickly implement key layers of protection.

RaMP guidance takes a project management and checklist approach:

  • By providing a suggested mapping of key stakeholders, implementers, and their accountabilities, you can more quickly organize an internal project and define the tasks and owners to drive them to conclusion.
  • By providing a checklist of deployment objectives and implementation steps, you can see the bigger picture of infrastructure requirements and track your progress.

RaMP initiatives for Zero Trust

To rapidly adopt Zero Trust in your organization, RaMP offers technical deployment guidance organized in these initiatives.

Initiative Steps
Top priority Critical security modernization initiatives:
User Access and Productivity
User access and productivity
  1. Explicitly validate trust for all access requests
Data, compliance, and governance
Data, compliance, and governance
  1. Ransomware recovery readiness
  2. Data
Modernize security operations
  1. Streamline response
  2. Unify visibility
  3. Reduce manual effort
As needed Additional initiatives based on Operational Technology (OT) or IoT usage, on-premises and cloud adoption, and security for in-house app development:
OT and Industrial IoT
  • Discover
  • Protect
  • Monitor
Datacenter & DevOps Security
  • Security Hygiene
  • Reduce Legacy Risk
  • DevOps Integration
  • Microsegmentation

Here is the overall architecture for Zero Trust.

The overall architecture for Zero Trust

The RaMP initiatives for Zero Trust address all of the elements of this architecture. As you step through the initiatives, we'll show which parts are being covered.

Next step

Begin your Zero Trust RaMP deployment journey with User access and productivity.

Additional Zero Trust documentation

Use additional Zero Trust content based on a documentation set or your role in your organization.

Documentation set

Follow this table for the best Zero Trust documentation sets for your needs.

Documentation set Helps you... Roles
Adoption framework for phase and step guidance for key business solutions and outcomes Apply Zero Trust protections from the C-suite to the IT implementation. Security architects, IT teams, and project managers
Concepts and deployment objectives for general deployment guidance for technology areas Apply Zero Trust protections aligned with technology areas. IT teams and security staff
Zero Trust for small businesses Apply Zero Trust principles to small business customers. Customers and partners working with Microsoft 365 for business
Zero Trust deployment plan with Microsoft 365 for stepped and detailed design and deployment guidance Apply Zero Trust protections to your Microsoft 365 tenant. IT teams and security staff
Zero Trust for Copilot for Microsoft 365 for stepped and detailed design and deployment guidance Apply Zero Trust protections to Copilot for Microsoft 365. IT teams and security staff
Zero Trust for Azure services for stepped and detailed design and deployment guidance Apply Zero Trust protections to Azure workloads and services. IT teams and security staff
Partner integration with Zero Trust for design guidance for technology areas and specializations Apply Zero Trust protections to partner Microsoft cloud solutions. Partner developers, IT teams, and security staff
Develop using Zero Trust principles for application development design guidance and best practices Apply Zero Trust protections to your application. Application developers

Your role

Follow this table for the best documentation sets for your role in your organization.

Role Documentation set Helps you...
Security architect

IT project manager

IT implementer
Adoption framework for phase and step guidance for key business solutions and outcomes Apply Zero Trust protections from the C-suite to the IT implementation.
Member of an IT or security team Concepts and deployment objectives for general deployment guidance for technology areas Apply Zero Trust protections aligned with technology areas.
Customer or partner for Microsoft 365 for business Zero Trust for small businesses Apply Zero Trust principles to small business customers.
Member of an IT or security team for Microsoft 365 Zero Trust deployment plan with Microsoft 365 for stepped and detailed design and deployment guidance for Microsoft 365 Apply Zero Trust protections to your Microsoft 365 tenant.
Member of an IT or security team for Microsoft Copilots Zero Trust for Copilot for Microsoft 365 for stepped and detailed design and deployment guidance Apply Zero Trust protections to Copilot for Microsoft 365.
Member of an IT or security team for Azure services Zero Trust for Azure services for stepped and detailed design and deployment guidance Apply Zero Trust protections to Azure workloads and services.
Partner developer or member of an IT or security team Partner integration with Zero Trust for design guidance for technology areas and specializations Apply Zero Trust protections to partner Microsoft cloud solutions.
Application developer Develop using Zero Trust principles for application development design guidance and best practices Apply Zero Trust protections to your application.