To underscore how essential endpoint security is to zero trust strategies, the White House published the Federal Zero Trust architecture (ZTA) strategy last month. The strategy states that federal agencies need to ensure that Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) tools will meet Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) technical requirements and are deployed government-wide. The strategy provides practical, pragmatic advice for securing endpoints that are applicable to any organization, also identifying the need for greater analytics-based visibility across networks.
Achieving greater visibility and control over endpoints is table stakes for any organization pursuing zero-trust security. Human and machine identities are the new security perimeter in any network, and protecting those identities with data-driven insights and intelligence is one of the highest priorities for CISOs today. Knowing the current configuration and condition of every endpoint asset helps to keep patches current and endpoints safe.