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Greg Touhill, president of Cyxtera Federal Group, discusses the growing emphasis on zero-trust strategies in the security space, and the impact it has on federal technology.

The Department of Homeland Security needs more experts in zero trust networks, according to their deputy CIO Stephen Rice. Fedscoop reports that the federal IT management needs to bolster their expertise in the concept. Greg Touhill, president of Cyxtera Federal Group, says that skills in zero trust aren’t too different, but the approach to technology needs to change.


“All too often we go out and just buy a tool and declare victory. Really, to be successful in zero trust you need to look at people, process and technologies,” Touhill said. “If you do it right, you should be able to retire a lot of technology that just isn’t cutting the mustard anymore. I use virtual private networks which were fielded in 1996. That needs to go. VPNs are clogging the fire walls and taxing our already stressed cyber workforce. I think if you do it right, you can lessen the impact on the personnel.”

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