OMB's Zero Trust strategy: Government gets good

What a time to be alive! Hot on the heels of Forrester’s release of our definition of modern Zero Trust (ZT), the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo entitled Moving the US Government Toward Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles

Coincidence? Yes. A big deal? Also, yes. 

If executed as mandated, not only will government agencies meet the security maturity levels of large organizations in the private sector (they did just start hiring at that level, remember), they’ll also surpass them. This major transformative effort sets a new bar for all sectors and is a cause for celebration. It also breaks down barriers to Zero Trust adoption by providing security leaders across industries a set of priorities in line with each of the five Zero Trust pillars, which they can seek executive buy-in — made all the easier by a high-profile government mandate — and build into their budgets and timelines. 

Celebrate this strategy 

Zero Trust advocates should be jumping for joy over the federal government’s understanding of modern Zero Trust and how it is operationalized. Forrester designated seven operational domains of Zero Trust: five for security controls and two for interaction across the domains when we created Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX).

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