NASA IT Executive Mike Witt on embracing Zero Trust Security

“NASA has been signaling for months that it intends to adopt a zero-trust architecture for its cybersecurity. Now, the agency is starting to explain why it is doing so, and how. A zero-trust approach will help it enhance its security posture.”

“Speaking late last month during an American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council webinar, Mike Witt, associate CIO for cybersecurity and privacy at NASA, explained how NASA has embraced automation as part of its cybersecurity response. The shift to telework as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is also accelerating its embrace of zero trust, which will be a multiyear process…”

NASA Sees Multiple Avenues to Enhance Security

“There are several ways that NASA is shifting toward a zero-trust model beyond simply automating some aspects of its cybersecurity response.”

“As the National Institute of Standards and Technology notes in its zero-trust architecture guidance, which was finalized in August, zero trust is not one set of technologies. It is rather an ‘an evolving set of cybersecurity paradigms that move defenses from static, network-based perimeters to focus on users, assets, and resources…’”

“One of the ways NASA is embracing zero trust is through the updated Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 policy from the Department of Homeland Security…” Read the full article here.

Source: NASA Flies Down the Road to Zero-Trust Security – By Phil Goldstein, September 10, 2020. FedTech Magazine.

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