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8 Areas of Future Research in Zero Trust

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posted on 2023-05-02, 15:19 authored by Matthew Nicolai, Trista PolaskiTrista Polaski, Timothy MorrowTimothy Morrow

The National Cybersecurity Strategy was released on March 1, 2023, in which the Biden administration  committed to improving federal cybersecurity through the implementation of a zero trust architecture (ZTA) strategy and the modernization of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) infrastructure.

In 2022, we hosted Zero Trust Industry Days, which featured keynote addresses; presentations from zero trust (ZT) vendors; a question-and-answer session; and panel discussions among experts from government and industry, and research leaders. During these discussions, participants identified ZT-related issues that could  benefit from additional research. By focusing on these areas,  organizations in government, academia, and industry can collaborate to develop solutions that streamline and accelerate ongoing ZTA  transformation efforts. In this blog post, which is excerpted from a  recently published white paper, we highlight eight potential research  areas.

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