This blog is a repost from American City & Country Written by Dr. Alan R. Shark

The monthly town hall meeting was going well until they got to the agenda item called “zero trust.” What was to be a routine request for additional funding to implement a zero-trust environment quickly became one of confusion and misunderstanding. Trust in government at all levels has continued its downward spiral over the years. So, it is understandable that alarm bells went off when they heard their government was about to trust no one.

Many forget that when the internet was first deployed, it connected a defined number of organizations, including research institutions, select federal government entities and the U.S. military. Clearly it was designed to be a valuable network amongst trusted and known players. No one could have predicted the unbelievable growth of the internet, let alone its vast network of applications, websites and commerce. Network security has always played catch-up to an online addicted society—many of whom share way too much about themselves personally. We have become complicit in demanding everything be free or low-cost, forcing service providers to rely on making up the needed revenue from advertising or social business intelligence surveilling what we spend and do.

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