'Zero Trust': Can It Be Defined?

Jack Koons of Unisys Sorts Through the Meaning of the Buzzword
'Zero Trust': Can It Be Defined?
Jack Koons of Unisys

"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.

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