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SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security

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A SolarWinds facility.

Some cybersecurity experts say constant verification, rather than focusing on blocking intruders, should be adopted as the strategy to prevent cyberattacks.

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At an April 22 virtual event, the U.S. Department of Defense's John Sherman said the public and private sectors should adopt zero-trust models that constantly verify whether a device, user, or program should be able to do what it is asking to do.

Ericom Software Ltd.'s Chase Cunningham said, "No one who actually understands zero trust says abandon the perimeter. But the reality of it is that you need to understand your perimeter's probably already compromised, especially when you're in a remote space."

Carnegie Mellon University's Gregory Touhill stressed that zero trust is not a technology but a strategy, adding "We've got too many folks in industry that are trying to peddle themselves as zero-trust vendors selling the same stuff that wasn't good enough the first time."

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