Applying Zero Trust Architecture in State & Local Government

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State and local governments had to adapt quickly to the effects of the pandemic, as workers and residents alike were encouraged to shelter in their homes. This created major challenges for agencies’ IT systems and technical support staff. Rather than using a “hub-and-spoke” method of connecting employees to servers, data, applications, and each other – where cybersecurity focused on firewalls around the perimeter – suddenly the systems had to become decentralized, distributed and open to remote workers.


Zero trust has been widely adopted for this purpose, coming to serve as a de-facto standard that enterprises, including government agencies, rely on to secure their users, apps, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and workloads, regardless of which networks or cloud resources they’re connecting to, where they’re located, or how they’re connecting.


The “never trust, always verify” approach actually simplifies security, by reducing operational complexity, optimizing technology costs, and improving the overall security posture of the organization.


Learning Objectives:

  • Review the concept of zero trust and the steps needed to implement it
  • Identify the opportunities to cut costs and streamline operations
  • Delineate the metrics that can demonstrate security and operations improvements

Speaker and Presenter Information


Steve Hodges, Chief Information Security Officer, Georgia Technology Authority

Steve Hodges

Chief Information Security Officer,

Georgia Technology Authority



Adam Ford, CTO, State & Local Government and Education, Zscaler

Adam Ford

CTO, State & Local Government and Education,



Jose Padin

Jose Padin

Public Sector Chief Transformation Officer,



John Breeden, Moderator & Contributing Editor, FedInsider

John Breeden
Moderator & Contributing Editor,

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC, Federal Government, State & Local Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

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Tue, Feb 13, 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

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