The federal government will move to a “zero-trust” cybersecurity strategy by 2024. The final plan was released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and includes insights from cybersecurity professionals, non-profit organizations, and private industry. “This strategy will serve as the foundation for a paradigm shift in Federal cybersecurity, and provide a model for others to follow,” says Federal Chief Information Security Officer Chris DeRusha. The plan is realistic: “Transitioning to a zero-trust architecture will not be a quick or easy task for an enterprise as complex and technologically diverse as the Federal Government.” We provide a breakdown of the timeline and the strategic priorities of this important announcement.
A chronological review of highlights from a difficult and busy year for the Federal Government, including January 6th, the ongoing pandemic response, withdrawal from Kabul, and the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Federal efforts in AI and Cybersecurity, as well as critical infrastructure security and supply chain initiatives, are also addressed in this year-end review.