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With 2027 deadline looming, DOD moves into implementation phase of zero trust transformation

April 4, 2024

Mikayla Easley


Dep. CIO Dave McKeown speaks at the Zero Trust Summit on Feb. 15, 2024. (Source: Scoop News Group)

By Mikayla Easley, DefenseScoop / April 4, 2024

After months of preparation and funding, the Defense Department has begun executing on its ambitious plans to transition to a zero-trust cybersecurity framework by the end of fiscal 2027, according to multiple senior IT officials at the Pentagon. 

In 2022, the Defense Department released its first strategy and a reference architecture for operating under zero trust — a cybersecurity concept that assumes networks are already compromised by adversaries, meaning the Pentagon must constantly monitor and authenticate users and their devices as they move through a network.

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