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DHS I&A CISO on Zero Trust obstacles

“As Federal agencies look to bring a zero trust security architecture to their disparate agencies and missions, resources are the main obstacle for agencies, the chief information security officer (CISO) for the Department of Homeland Security’s Intelligence and Analysis (DHS I&A) division said today…”

“‘From a government perspective, what makes it hard is … resources,’ [DHS I&A CISO Eric Sanders] said on a panel. ‘It’s not just money. It’s also the people; it’s also the products.’…”

“Sanders said that in terms of the talent available to the agency versus the talent necessary to move towards zero trust, they are somewhat bound by who is committed to public service. To adjust, he said DHS has turned to training more employees in-house and also touted programs like DHS’s Cyber Talent Management System that allow them to go beyond the normal general schedule pay for government employees.

‘Thankfully, at DHS, we do have some programs where we can pay beyond the GS pay scale for folks whose skills are in high demand and in cyber,’ Sanders said. ‘So that was a big change for us and one that’s helped us keep people.’…”

“At this point, all Federal agencies should have a zero trust implementation plan in place that should give achievable metrics for its zero trust goals. However, Sanders said that not only is every agency starting in a different place but what fully implemented zero trust architecture will look different on each network…” Read the full article here.

Source: DHS I&A CISO: Resources are the Biggest Obstacle to Zero Trust for Feds – By Lamar Johnson, May 2, 2022. MeriTalk.


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