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Aaron Weis: US Navy Transitioning to Zero Trust

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Aaron Weis
Aaron Weis CIO US Navy

Aaron Weis, chief information officer of the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service is transitioning to a zero trust framework to better protect and defend its networks from cyber threats, FedScoop reported Thursday.

“It is an exciting time as priorities have shifted,” for how the Navy has advanced its information technology modernization efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, Weis said Thursday during the Nutanix Cloud Together Summit 2020.

He said the service will need time to reorganize its networks as it adopts the zero trust model and that “defense in depth” model or building perimeter-based cyber defenses will continue to exist as the Navy begins the transition.

“That is something that is starting, but it won’t happen overnight,” Weis said of the move to zero trust.