In a presidential response to reinforce federal defenses against threats to public safety, infrastructure and privacy, a new zero trust architecture (ZTA) strategy, requiring agencies to meet specific cybersecurity standards and objectives by the end of 2024, is being implemented. A ZTA model prescribes that anything outside or within the security perimeter is not trusted and everything attempting to gain access must be verified.
- Enterprise-managed accounts for federal staff
- Devices consistently tracked and monitored for federal staff
- Isolated and encrypted agency systems and traffic, application-based instead of network-based
- System application security resilience testing
- Converged security and data teams working together to develop enforcement against unauthorized access
Implementing this executive order, as well as the other aggressive efforts detailed in the full report, will require extensive partnerships with private industry partners, such as members of the Security Industry Association (SIA).