Scaling up the Nation’s Armed Forces in a Zero Trust World

Scaling up the Nation’s Armed Forces in a Zero Trust World

On May 12, 2021, the United States Presidential Administration issued Executive Order (EO) on “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (14028)” to bolster the United States’ security poster in the digital age. To modernize federal government cybersecurity as mandated, the EO requires for all federal agencies to develop a plan to implement a zero trust architecture. Part of this fulfillment puts the onus on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to publish new standards and guidelines to enhance software supply chain security, including defining critical software and its required security measures, criteria to evaluate software security and practices to be strictly followed by all federal agencies.

In proactive alignment and compliance with the EO, branches of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) have released plans to position itself advantageously against rapidly paced technological advances in space, cyber, information, and electronic warfare capabilities—resulting in the most expansive modernization program for the department in forty years. A modernized unified network centered around supporting Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) is a critical component for secure and global operations. The success of a modernized network plan is its foundation built on the zero trust framework.

Establishing a baseline of the overall data architecture within an enterprise network, and then using that data to drive the modernized design and integration is paramount. Enterprise agility, which allows for change to occur rapidly, is critical to the effectiveness of a new modernized organization. To achieve this, a streamlined method to evaluate and approve changes is required. Download our how-to guide on improving the nation’s cybersecurity posture by achieving complete observability.