John Sherman: Pentagon Eyes 2021 Release of Zero Trust Strategy

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John Sherman
John Sherman Acting DOD CIO

John Sherman, acting chief information officer of the Department of Defense (DOD), said DOD plans to issue a strategy for zero trust architecture in 2021 as part of efforts to enhance the cybersecurity of its networks, FedScoop reported Friday.

“I think we are at one of these inflection points here,” Sherman said Thursday during the Billington CyberSecurity Defense Summit. “Our current approaches are not going to take us into the future here.”

Such a strategy could lead to changes to how the Pentagon segments a network and controls data access using the principles of zero trust. Sherman said DOD considers as security imperatives the full implementation of strategic, technical, and cultural changes involved in zero-trust.

“We have robust security…we have a lot of the pieces here,” he added.

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