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DHS Looks to Cut ‘Trust Zones’ to Improve Cybersecurity

A senior technology official at the Department of Homeland Security said the agency may reduce “trust zones” to improve cybersecurity amid its ongoing information technology modernization, Federal News Network reported Tuesday.

Trust zone is an IT concept that includes the cloud, mobile and digital interactions within an agency. Mark Bunn, program manager for the Trusted Internet Connections at DHS Federal Network Resilience Office, said the agency plans to reduce zone boundaries as it moves to a hybrid cloud. 

DHS has a large accreditation boundary or “general support systems” that support its operations. 

Bunn spoke following the release of the TIC 3.0 draft policy that explores the top technologies helping agencies with modernization such as infrastructure as a service, software as a service and platform as a service.

Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for cybersecurity at the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said zero trust could gain more traction across the government in the coming years as agencies increase focus on cybersecurity. 

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