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The Rx for DX: Multilayered security for digital transformation


By Nick JovanovicJun 29, 2020

Digital transformation (DX) can be both a blessing and a curse for government agencies. New technologies simultaneously improve the user experience and expose those same users — and the agencies themselves — to data security threats unheard of just a few years ago.

To protect data, agencies must stop focusing on the perimeter and deploy a multilayered strategy for data security. Tactics in such an approach range from better shared responsibilities with cloud service providers to zero trust when it comes to accessing network resources.

I’ve often said that the real goal of government IT security is to “secure the breach.” To minimize the damage caused by attacks, agencies must adopt rigorous means to secure data, not the network perimeter.

That position has been echoed in a recent threat report from a leading industry analyst firm, titled “Federal Government Looks to Zero Trust Approach to Data Security.” (Note: This report was commissioned by Thales.)

Doing more with less does more damage to security

The government mantra to “do more with less” has led agencies to adopt of a wide variety of solutions, including cloud, mobile …

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