Decoding Zero Trust: Unveiling Its Role in Modern Cybersecurity

Highlights from a Roundtable, hosted by the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) in partnership with illumio, June 2024



In a recent roundtable discussion, Federal experts discussed the critical role of Zero Trust in modern cybersecurity operational technology (OT). The discussion highlighted various factors that foster Zero Trust implementation, including cultural changes, proactive engineering approaches, effective identity management, and collaboration across agencies.

While budget constraints and legacy systems pose challenges, the overarching consensus among roundtable participants is that Zero Trust is achievable, potentially cost-effective, and essential for modern cybersecurity. The future integration of AI further underscores the need for a solid foundation in Zero Trust principles today.