Investments in technology and culture need to be made today to ensure a resilient future. By combining federal and private sector resources, we can leverage investments in R&D, innovation, and education to enhance our digital presence and cyber infrastructure. However, innovation is not enough. Without making cybersecurity a top priority, our innovation and technological advancements are open for infiltration by our adversaries.
Responsibility of cybersecurity needs to be pushed down to those who are in the best position to reduce risks. Shifting blame away from the most vulnerable points should increase the level of trust within the digital ecosystems. By leveraging market forces instead of diminishing them we are pushing towards a more resilient future.
They key to mitigating cybercrimes is disrupting and dismantling the actors perpetrating such offenses. The next great fight is set to take part in the cyber domain. The goal is to disrupt these attacks and the entities initiating them before they can even get started. With the increase of federal resources allocated to this initiative, we have proven successful in frustrating threat efforts by malicious actors, foreign governments, and criminals.
In March of 2023, the federal government drafted and released a National Cybersecurity Strategy. The strategy outlines five pillars that are critical to implementation. In this blog series, we will dive into each pillar and how ZKX will abide by these guidelines and support this strategy.
Here at ZKX Solutions, prospective customers or business partners often ask us how we go about structuring a good defensive cyber security posture. In this article, we disucuss the importance of three categories that fully encompass a good defensive cybersecurity posture: policy, technology, and culture.
People often link security and encryption together. While they go hand in hand, they are in fact two entirely different concepts. Security is all about protecting data and information, and encryption is just one of the means of accomplishing this.
Zero Trust is doomed to forever be a moving target that organizations will only be able to sufficiently achieve with heightened awareness, agility, and, perhaps most importantly, an operating culture that is human-centered, progress-oriented, and not totally insufferable. These are things that cannot simply be purchased from the free market, despite what you might read on industry websites. These solutions literally must be architected, hence the A in ZTA.
In 2020 the world was rocked with multiple events that had never been seen before. One of these was the largest cyber security breach of the twenty-first century, SolarWinds. This breach created a snowball effect of supply chain problems that impacted thousands of organizations.
Since 1999 the Common Access Card (CAC) has been the norm for service members. The CAC has been the standard for so long that the industry has now created technology that far surpasses the CAC. The industry is moving from a net-centric to a data-centric approach. This shift is part of the call to “Kill the CAC.”
In January 2022, the Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget released a memorandum for executive departments and agencies. This memo is aligned with the executive order detailing the U.S. government’s shift to a Zero Trust enterprise. As President Biden stated in EO 14028, “Incremental improvements will not give us the security we need; instead, the Federal Government needs to make bold changes and significant investments to defend the vital institutions that underpin the American way of life.”
The Zero Trust security model requires a revolutionary shift from traditional authentication methods that have been in use for decades. While the DoD has mandated migration to zero-trust networks, most organizations are still unclear on how to get started. This briefing outlines why the road to zero trust networks logically starts with the ZKX MFA authentication engine.
The term cybersecurity expert is overplayed. There is no official or legal definition, and between companies, the meaning of “cybersecurity expert” can vary greatly. When we talk about cyber, we need to understand our audience and trust the “experts” we rely on for information. As we talk to others, what attributes do we use to signal that we are cybersecurity experts? As we interview people for job openings, how do we qualify and differentiate between all of the candidates calling themselves “experts”?