Gus Hunt, managing director and cyber strategy lead at Accenture“™s federal services arm, has said that agencies need senior leadership and stakeholder coordination to properly execute zero-trust implementation and improve cyber resilience.
Hunt wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on FCW that federal agencies should undertake an incremental approach to zero-trust and first consider identifying initial stakeholders and key mission partners.
Agencies should also perform a gap analysis of current cyber infrastructure to determine missing components of the proposed zero-trust architecture before implementing a roadmap, he noted.
According to Hunt, zero-trust environments can help agencies address uncertainties in remote network environments resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that new cloud-based telework approaches entail procedures such as microsegmentation to support a zero-trust architecture that also offers automated support for decisionmaking and transparency.
“Implementing zero trust requires agencies to establish clear policies, procedures, and processes,“ said Hunt. “For example, an executive-level data governance board comprised of mission, IT, and cybersecurity leadership is essential to decide and enforce data security and access control rules for the enterprise.“
Hunt“™s comments come after Accenture released its Third Annual State of Federal Cyber Resilience Report stating that security breaches in federal systems dropped by 43 percent despite experiencing a rise in targeted attacks.