Tag Archives: zero trust

GAO to Issue Report on Pandemic-Driven Tech Adoption’s Cyber Impacts; Jennifer Franks Quoted

Jennifer Franks

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) plans to issue a report in fiscal year 2022 about the impact of technology adoption that is driven by mass telework on federal agencies’ cybersecurity posture. GAO also intends to broaden its reviews in the near future to include risks to supply chains amid recent cyberattacks.

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Victoria Coleman: USAF Must Adopt Zero-Trust Approach for Microchip Security

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has urged the service branch to adopt a zero-trust approach for securing microprocessor chips in military computing and weapon systems. The former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency noted that the zero-trust architecture could help in averting the domino effect that a compromised part could have on a whole system. 

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Paul Blahusch: Labor Department Develops Zero Trust Architecture Strategy Following Cybersecurity EO

Paul Blahusch

Paul Blahusch, chief information security officer at the Department of Labor (DOL), said they are working on a new implementation approach that builds on zero trust architecture in compliance with the White House’s cybersecurity order. The department has started restructuring to meet the EO’s deadlines that include the development of agency-wide plans for zero trust systems and implementation within 60 days. 

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Maria Roat: Federal Adoption of Updated Internet Protocol Key for Zero-Trust Security

Maria Roat

Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Maria Roat said that Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is an essential part of zero-trust security efforts in the federal government. In his EO, Biden ordered federal agencies to develop ZTA implementation plans and accelerate cloud migration projects to keep pace with the evolving cyber threat landscape.

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Pentagon Demos Prototype 5G Network for Smart Warehouse Project; John Larson Quoted

DOD 5G Network

The Department of Defense (DOD) demonstrated a potential $90 million 5G network prototype for a smart warehouse that is set to be deployed at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia once completed. The prototype is designed to adhere to the department’s requirements for zero-trust architecture and is based on the next generation of Open Radio Network standards. 

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IBM Announces Center For Government Cybersecurity; Stephen LaFleche Quoted

Stephen LaFleche

IBM announced Wednesday that the company is creating the IBM Center for Government Cybersecurity, a collaborative environment focused on assisting federal agencies to address current and future cybersecurity threats. The Center will hold events and support learning, drawing on the company’s cybersecurity expertise from delivering software and managed services to over 17,500 security clients globally.

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Nicolas Chaillan on DOD’s DevSecOps Adoption

Nicolas Chaillan

Nicolas Chaillan, chief software officer of the U.S. Air Force, said there are 200 teams across the Department of Defense (DOD) applying DevSecOps with 650 software containers. He said PlatformOne, DOD’s DevSecOps infrastructure program that seeks to speed up software development and deployment, has saved $12.5 million and a year per application.

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DISA Launches Zero Trust Reference Architecture; Brandon Iske, Joe Brinker Quoted

55th Cyber Squadron

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has unveiled the Pentagon’s first zero trust reference architecture that seeks to protect critical assets from threat actors by embedding security throughout the network. DISA worked on the reference architecture in collaboration with the DOD chief information officer, National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

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Brandon Wales: CISA to Pilot ‘Threat Hardened Cloud Environment’

Brandon Wales

Brandon Wales, acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said CISA plans to test secure cloud instances using some of the $650 million in funds the agency received through the American Rescue Plan in response to the SolarWinds hack. He also cited plans to establish the Joint Cyber Planning Office and continue recruitment efforts.

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John Sherman: Pentagon Eyes 2021 Release of Zero Trust Strategy

John Sherman

John Sherman, acting chief information officer of the Department of Defense (DOD), said DOD plans to issue a strategy for zero trust architecture in 2021 as part of efforts to enhance the cybersecurity of its networks. "I think we are at one of these inflection points here,” Sherman said. “Our current approaches are not going to take us into the future here.”

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