Survey: Agencies Adopting Identity-Centered Security Approach

A new survey showed that 48 percent of information technology leaders in the federal government said their agencies are transitioning from a perimeter defense approach to a zero-trust or identity-centered security model, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

FedScoop conducted in November an online survey of 171 prequalified industry and government IT decision makers and found that half of government respondents said their agencies have Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management strategies in place to meet the Office of Management and Budget's policy requirements.

The study also found that three in 10 government IT decision makers said their agencies still depend on perimeter defense policies and tools.

The findings of the Security Without Perimeters: Government's Shift to Identity-Centered Access study reflect that organizations plan to implement a password-less user experience and invest in multifactor one-time password, randomly chosen password/PIN and out-of-band authenticators over the next couple of years.

The survey also suggests that agencies with zero-trust and FICAM strategies are better positioned to expand more to hybrid cloud environments, enhance security posture and risk management, deliver improved user experiences and accommodate the rapid evolution of devices and applications used to access agency resources.

The FedScoop-produced study was underwritten by Duo Security.

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