It's no surprise that Zero Trust initiatives are increasing in importance across federal, state, and local government institutions. Fast approaching cybersecurity mandates, like the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), and an unprecedented boom in remote work due to COVID-19 are just two of the most common factors driving this demand.
Even recently published NSA guidelines call out the criticality of embracing a Zero Trust security model:
"Traditional perimeter-based network defenses with multiple layers of disjointed security technologies have proven themselves to be unable to meet the cybersecurity needs due to the current threat environment. Organizations need a better way to secure their infrastructure and provide unified-yet-granular access control to data, services, applications, and infrastructure."
While the need for adopting Zero Trust is evident, the path to success is not.
Successfully implementing a Zero Trust security model is not achieved by simply buying a new product or enacting a policy change. It requires a wholesale re-evaluation of your security tools, access controls, and even your organizational culture—a tall order for public sector IT teams already stretched thin supporting and protecting the institution's mission.
How End-to-End Visibility and Increased IT Collaboration Accelerates Zero Trust Adoption
In a newly published white paper, ExtraHop public sector experts share practical guidance to help IT leaders achieve their Zero Trust mandate more rapidly and with lower risk.
Comprehensive visibility into your Zero Trust architecture and increased coordination between siloed IT operations teams are vital. Without this end-to-end visibility and frictionless collaboration, a Zero Trust security model can result in a false sense of protection. Or, worse, it can disrupt productivity without any of the desired safeguards.
There is good news! At each adoption phase (plan, implement, operate, and secure), IT and security teams have an opportunity to improve the likelihood of success by following these considerations.
Read the full white paper, Accelerate Zero Trust Adoption Through End-to-End Visibility and Frictionless Collaboration, to learn how a successful Zero Trust strategy can lead to more visibility and improved network security.