Federal agencies collect and create a massive amount of data each day. While the goal is to store this data securely, the reality is that keeping track of this data, knowing where it is stored, and ensuring its security and integrity is a challenging task. Moreover, as agencies transition fully into the Digital Age and use data in different projects, they create multiple copies that are then stored on-prem, in the cloud, in a data lake, or on a device, being able to secure the data not only becomes more imperative, but also more difficult.
A Zero Trust approach to security helps not only secure critical agency data more rigorously, but also helps them to have a clearer understanding of where data is stored. A Zero Trust Architecture provides a robust framework that will secure data, provide ready-to-use back ups for business continuity and disaster recovery, and also enable agencies to comply with numerous data governance standards.
When you look at the principles of Zero Trust as a practitioner, they go far beyond just a single product or technology and changes how we think about security, what we’re securing, and how we’re facilitating access. To this end, Zero Trust – as a philosophy and an architecture – that will continue to resonate with agencies over the long term. While many security strategies have come and gone, because Zero Trust is a comprehensive framework that addresses each aspect of an agency’s security needs – from access to storage to applications and development – is accounted for. This means that agencies can get ahead on delivering the mission and do it securely.
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