Improving Zero Trust and cybersecurity resilience among state and local governments can pose many challenges, but there are a few that can help security and IT leaders build a holistic security strategy. Some support system is emerging.
In a new StateScoop interview, Illinois Chief Information Security Officer Adam Ford and Cisco Cybersecurity Principal Peter Romness highlight modernization initiatives at the state and local government levels.
“Moving to Zero Trust is imperative as we modernize our security practices. We need to understand the nature of our organization, not just the ,” says Ford.
“The State of Illinois has worked hard to adopt some Zero Trust architectural principles into our cybersecurity practices. We’ve been looking at the applications running in our environment and working to improve the master data about our users,” Ford adds.
Romness explained how the CISA and NIST guidance was originally targeted at federal agencies, but its purpose aligns with the more urgent cybersecurity priorities of state and local governments. increase.
“The concept is [zero trust] Essential for having a resilient infrastructure or organization. The idea that you are no longer protecting your organization. We protect all assets within the organization,” he says, but “the challenges for many states and local governments are just beginning and the benefits are real.”
Ford and Romness are also investigating grant programs that address the modernization gap, enabling state and local governments to successfully implement parts of a Zero Trust architecture or specific Zero Trust practices to improve cybersecurity. I am supporting.
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This video panel discussion was produced by Scoop News Group and StateScoop and sponsored by Cisco.