HP Federal’s Tommy Gardner: Zero Trust an Imperative for Government Agencies

Tommy Gardner
Tommy Gardner

Tommy Gardner, chief technology officer of HP's federal business, has said zero-trust initiatives have now become an imperative for government agencies as they work to protect their information technology systems, data and employees against cyber attacks.

Gardner wrote in a GCN opinion piece published Monday that multi-factor authentication is one of the critical technologies to implementing zero trust.

“Effective zero trust, however, requires three or more authentication factors,“ he said. “To make that friendlier for users, some PCs and mobile devices are now optimized with client security management features built in to support MFA functions.“

He said agencies should build up resilience against breaches with endpoint device security and implement hardware-based isolated browsing that allows personal computers and other endpoint devices to trap malware in virtual containers.

Zero-trust initiatives call for a strong disaster recovery program and Gardner said agencies should invest in self-healing systems that allow organizations to automatically assess if computers and other devices have been compromised and shut down or isolate corrupt platforms. He noted that next-generation self-healing systems have demonstrated how artificial intelligence and machine learning can detect and prevent attacks before they occur.

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