'Zero Trust': Can It Be Defined?Jack Koons of Unisys Sorts Through the Meaning of the Buzzword
"Zero trust" is arguably the cybersecurity buzzword of 2019, but what exactly does it mean?
According to Jack Koons of Unisys, a speaker at a recent Information Security Group executive roundtable dinner and a featured presenter at the Dec. 3 Fraud & Breach Summit in Washington, there is no one-size-fits-all definition for the phrase.
"What is it? Is it a tool? Is it a capability? Is "zero trust" a philosophy about how you approach network security? Is it simply a philosophical journey with no endpoint? Or is it, yes, all of the above?" asks Koons.
In this interview (see audio link below photo), Koons discusses:
- The genesis and evolution of the phrase "zero trust";
- Why "zero trust" is like balancing the accelerator and brakes on a car;
- How "zero trust" is subject to the risk appetite of individual organizations;
Koons is a technology evangelist and chief cybersecurity strategist at Unisys Corp. He formerly served 25 years as a U.S. Department of Defense full-spectrum cyber warfare officer whose assignments include service within the U.S. national intelligence, special operations and cyber communities. He is a founding member of the emergent DOD cyberspace effort.