Intelligent CIO North America Issue 17 - Page 18


Appgate expert welcomes Pentagon ’ s adoption of Zero Trust

Felipe Duarte , Senior Researcher at Appgate

An expert at Appgate says the decision by the Pentagon to launch a Zero Trust cybersecurity office sends a clear message to cybercriminals . Felipe Duarte , Senior Researcher at Appgate , believes the SolarWinds ’ attack revealed how organizations , including government ones , are vulnerable to supply-chain attacks .

“ After an initial breach , there aren ’ t enough barriers in current infrastructures to stop the threats from spreading ,” said Duarte .
He explained that after attackers get access through any ‘ trusted ’ application , they can easily navigate through the network .
“ Zero Trust then becomes the natural solution for that . Only by segmenting the networks and assuming all connections can be compromised can you detect an intruder in your network ,” said Duarte . “ ZeroTrust needs to be implemented in the core infrastructure . You must profile any device trying to connect in your network , use multi-factor authentication to ensure credentials are not compromised , segment networks creating isolated perimeters , and , most important , only provide access to what a user or a system needs to .
“ By focusing on Zero Trust , the Pentagon sends a clear message to cybercriminals that they are taking cybersecurity seriously . This , along with Biden ’ s memo published earlier this year , should be a wake-up-call to all organizations that haven ’ t adopted Zero Trust yet .
“ The best way to contain the damage from a ransomware or a spyware attack is to implement Zero Trust .”

US carbon goals rely on leveraging technology solutions

If the United States is to reach its 2030 climate change target it will be crucial to leverage technology solutions , according to new analysis by the Electric Power Research Institute ( EPRI ). Coming on the heels of Congress advancing a bill calling for more than US $ 1 trillion in infrastructure development , the EPRI report conveys what it could take to achieve the US interim goal based on detailed modelling of economic pathways by the non-profit research and development organization , along with its analysis of numerous thirdparty studies .

Key findings include :
• Achieving the 2030 US goal means tripling the recent pace of decarbonisation .
• Electricity use increases by up to 23 % as economy-wide dependence on clean electricity grows .
• As the electric system expands to support the clean energy economy , overall energy costs decline for many households .
EPRI President and CEO , Arshad Mansoor , said : “ While achieving bold US carbon goals is possible , realising this vision affordably and reliably means leveraging all technology solutions at our disposal , growing supply chains and skilled labour and accelerating innovation , regulatory permitting other processes to enable action .” p
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