Third Federal CIO of the United States (2015 - 2018), Board Member of ColorTokens, Tony Scott, Speaks on Why the White House Believes in Zero Trust
SAN FRANCISCO, May 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to cybersecurity, companies have persisted with point solutions and outdated architecture for too long. In many cases, governments have done the same, delaying systemic overhauls necessary to defend against increasingly sophisticated, increasingly common forms of attack.
It's time for that to change. Incidents like the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the SolarWinds breach have shown that isolated actors and sophisticated nation-states are more than capable of exploiting security weaknesses not only to wreak havoc on individual companies but also to disrupt daily life by sparking panic and crippling infrastructure.
Modern supply chains have porous perimeters with entry points intruders can breach to intercept personal information and interrupt business operations. Attacks on the supply chain are becoming more frequent, and they can be expensive: not just in terms of business disruption but also in terms of brand erosion, customer churn, and direct financial penalties.
These attacks will keep happening as long as they remain feasible and profitable. That's why businesses and governments alike need to recognize security as a critical issue. In a timely move, President Biden recently signed an Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity, spotlighting the need for government agencies and businesses to move rapidly to a Zero Trust architecture.
Here, we'll explain the impacts of the Executive Order (EO) and highlight the takeaways for private companies.
Understanding Zero Trust
Zero Trust patches the holes in your security infrastructure that bad actors can exploit to expose and steal sensitive data. A ZTA empowers companies to recognize and neutralize threats faster and more effectively.
At ColorTokens, we've built a Zero Trust platform from the ground up, empowering customers to protect their digital assets (from "crown jewels" to hybrid cloud workloads to legacy systems) and putting them back in control of their security posture. Like other leaders in the InfoSec space, we're encouraged to see the US government moving to modernize its cybersecurity defenses by improving incident detection and response, supply chain security, and overall threat resilience.
What does the Executive Order do?
While the EO can only legally mandate change for the federal government, private-sector companies would be wise to follow the government's lead in implementing Zero Trust (if they haven't already started moving in this direction). Taking proactive steps to augment security standards today helps mitigate the likelihood and impact of a breach tomorrow.
Here's what the EO does:
What's the takeaway for private companies?
For companies that haven't yet begun their journey to Zero Trust, Biden's order will increase the pressure to get started. The good news is that implementing Zero Trust doesn't have to be confusing or time-consuming, and it doesn't have to throw a wrench into your core business operations.
ColorTokens' Xtended ZeroTrust™ Platform is an infrastructure-agnostic, cloud-delivered platform that secures applications, endpoints, and workloads. Built on a Zero Trust foundation, our platform helps IT and security teams prevent attacks and streamline compliance.
To learn more, download our Definitive Guide to Zero Trust Security or get in touch to request a free demo.
Tony Scott, CEO of the TonyScottGroup, was the third Federal CIO (2015-2018) of the United States Government in the nation's history. Tony is one of the world's foremost security and IT experts. As U.S. CIO, Tony created the government-wide response plan to the OPM incident, including the Cybersecurity Sprint and Implementation Plan (CSIP), which dramatically improved the federal government's security posture. Prior to his tenure as U.S. CIO, Scott was the CIO at VMWare, CIO at Microsoft Corporation, CIO at The Walt Disney Company, and CTO at General Motors. Tony was inducted into CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame in 2009.
For more information, please contact Corinne Breuil, Marketing Manager at ColorTokens, at email@example.com.
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