Federal Technology Providers Take Note: White House Announces Federal “Zero Trust” Strategy for Cybersecurity

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Earlier this week, the White House announced that the Office of Management and Budget has released a draft of the Federal Zero Trust Strategy—a plan for moving federal civilian executive branch (FCEB) agencies toward adoption of a “zero trust” cybersecurity architecture. Adopting zero trust principles will be a significant undertaking for FCEB agencies but key to the federal government’s cloud migration strategy. The Federal Zero Trust Strategy calls for agencies to implement rigorous access and monitoring controls, regardless of where the users, devices, or systems are located.

Companies that provide technology services to the federal government—particularly those supplying cloud computing services through the FedRAMP program—should review this week’s releases as they are likely to drive agencies’ security priorities and procurement decisions for years to come.