White House Releases Draft of Updated Trusted Internet Connections Policy

The White House has issued a draft policy that would require the Department of Homeland Security to come up with use cases for how federal agencies can ensure the security of internet connections, Nextgov reported Friday.

The updated Trusted Internet Connections policy seeks to build up network security across the government and eliminate barriers to adoption of cloud and other modern technology platforms.

“The TIC use case documentation will outline which alternative security controls, such as endpoint and user-based protections, must be in place for specific instances where traffic is not required to flow through a physical TIC access point,” according to the draft policy.

The policy would direct DHS to work with the General Services Administration to develop a process to collect comments from agencies and industry on TIC use cases and other related reference architecture documentation.

DHS and GSA will also work together to update acquisition vehicles within six months of the approval of new use case requirements related to TIC.

The updated policy aims to help “streamline agency efforts to move to multicloud environments where we need to look at a different approach to security and storage,” Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer, said Thursday at a Center for Strategy and International Studies-hosted event.

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