The US Department of Defense (DoD) has published an official document detailing how it plans to integrate Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) across all its divisions, from technology to cyber security and human resources.
The “Mod strategy zero confidenceIt shows how the entire Department of Defense and all of its departments need to firmly put in place the Zero Trust Security Framework by 2027.
“This shift in philosophy is an important change in ancient authentication and security mechanisms,” the paper says. It also represents a key culture change that stakeholders throughout the DoD ZT ecosystem, including the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), will need to embrace and implement from FY2023 through FY27 and into the future.
Zero Trust is a relatively new concept in cybersecurity, which states that any person, device or application, on a network, needs to be authenticated and verified. Nothing is trusted by default.
Putting things in the broader context, the Department of Defense said that the US government and its departments are subject to increasing cyberattacks, which have become more destructive in recent times. At the same time, the shift in the way people work (i.e. telecommuting) has made it more difficult to secure the perimeter.
The paper claims that “our adversaries are in our networks, stealing our data, and exploiting the circle’s users.” “The rapid growth of these offensive threats underscores the need for the Department of Defense to adapt and significantly improve deterrence strategies and cybersecurity applications.”
US President Joe Biden initiated the project about 18 months ago, after the administration issued an executive order aimed at strengthening the government’s defenses.
Along with the Department of Defense, this has also prompted the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) to update its Infrastructure Resilience Framework to guide state, local, and tribal entities, as they work further on their own cyberprotection.
Furthermore, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) asked the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide more detail on its recommendations on how to better secure software development.
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