Report: Cyber Executive Order Drives Federal Zero Trust Adoption, Data Protection Tech Investment

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Federal cybersecurity leaders have moved to adopt zero trust principles and pursued investments in data protection technology after the release of Executive Order 14028, according to the findings of a joint Zettaset-MeriTalk survey.

Fifty-seven percent of the 150 survey respondents said they experienced information security leaks in the last two years and 63 percent believed that over half of such incidents could be prevented through end-to-end encryption, Zettaset said Wednesday.

The EO prompted 67 percent of the respondents to invest in factor authentication, 57 percent in end-to-end encryption and 49 percent in data loss prevention tools.

In May 2021, President Biden ordered federal agencies to improve the protection of networks across the government in response to hacks involving SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange and Colonial Pipeline.

“Zero trust is no longer a nice to have, but a necessary mindset in today’s evolving threat landscape,” said Zettaset CEO Tim Reilly.

“Borrowing a few of the core tenets from the Cyber EO’s zero trust blueprint can lead to an increasingly more secure and responsive security framework.”

The company helped conduct the survey in September.

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