Lisa Porter: DoD Deploying ‘Zero-Trust’ Concept for Network Security

Jeff Brody
Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter, deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, has said that the Department of Defense is aiming to implement a “zero-trust architecture” to fortify network security. DoD said Tuesday that zero-trust environments use microsegmentation to divide networks into individual zones that require special access.

Porter told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, D.C. that DoD users should act as though networks have already been compromised by external and internal threats.

"I think we've been lulling ourselves into a false sense of security by thinking we can build perfectly secure enclaves," she said. "There is no such thing as a secure system. So we have to deal with that reality whether we are doing cyber, whether we are doing supply chain, whether we are doing 5G.”

According to Porter, the Pentagon is “really trying to advocate” for the zero-trust concept and intends to work on research and engineering efforts related to the subject.

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