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Tech Talks

Zero Trust Road Map

Mar 18th, 2020, 1-130p

Presenter

Nadeem Ahmed and Armando Quintananieves

Objective

Traditional approaches to IT network security are based on the castle-and-moat concept. In castle-and-moat security, it is hard to obtain access from outside the network, but once inside the network, users are more or less considered trusted.

The problem with this approach is that once an attacker gains access to the network, they have more free reign over everything inside.

Zero Trust Network (ZTN) security is an IT security framework that requires strict identity verification for every person and device trying to access resources on a private network, regardless of whether they are sitting within or outside of the network perimeter.

No single specific technology is associated with zero trust; it is a holistic approach to network security that incorporates several different principles and technologies. In this tech talk, we introduce Zero Trust Network and GSA’s roadmap towards this security framework.

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