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From MFA to Zero Trust: A Five-Phase Journey to Securing the Federal Workforce

In this white paper, you’ll learn:

  • The zero trust approach and its principles
  • What components comprise Zero Trust for the Federal Workforce
  • A practical approach in five phases for implementing Zero Trust for the Federal Workforce
  • The challenges of each of the five phases
  • How to measure success along your journey to Zero Trust for the Federal Workforce

The Roadmap for Your Journey to Zero Trust for the Federal Workforce

Zero trust has become a dominant security model for the changes brought by mobility, consumerization of IT and cloud applications. And while the term zero trust continues to infiltrate IT security conversations, it raises an important question: how do we get there?

In this guide, we examine the three pillars of zero trust: Zero Trust for the Workforce, Zero Trust for Workloads and Zero Trust for the Workplace. We pay particular attention to the journey to achieving Zero Trust for the Workforce, which focuses on making sure users and devices can be trusted as they access applications and systems, regardless of location.

This guide recommends an iterative approach for the journey to Zero Trust for the Federal Workforce. Tightly scope one aspect of the organization, proceed with that scope through the five phases of the journey and then integrate that scope into the organization’s zero trust architecture. Those five phases are:

  1. Establish user trust
  2. Device and activity visibility
  3. Device trust
  4. Adaptive policies
  5. Zero Trust for the Federal Workforce

This approach means each initiative is a self-contained project within the larger transformation. To use this guide, within the scope of each initiative, use the following sections for each phase of the journey:

  • Description and objectives
  • Transformation
  • Components and challenges
  • Metrics

Download this guide as a roadmap to your journey for a zero trust transformation. By following the steps in this guide, your organization can implement the principles of zero trust and achieve Zero Trust for the Federal Workforce at a sustainable pace.

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