2021 will be remembered as a tipping point in how senior leadership views cybersecurity and the start of a new era of rapid cloud migration and digital transformation, mass hybrid working and an explosion in connected devices. These trends opened up new fronts for threat actors, which they were only too ready and willing to exploit. Across the public and private sectors, and from the President down, security is finally being treated as a strategic imperative. And zero trust looms increasingly large over these high-level discussions, thanks to a Presidential Executive Order issued in May 2021.
However, getting to a place of zero trust won’t be easy, especially given the complexity of modern IT environments. Where should agencies and organizations begin? This guide will describe the path to zero trust in more detail, following the lead of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s Moving the U.S. Government Towards Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles memorandum. We all need to remember that zero trust, like any best practice cybersecurity, is not a destination but a continuous journey. That journey starts here.
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