Making Sense of Zero Trust: Perspectives from Inside and Outside Government Organizations

Identity Defined Security Alliance, along with National Cyber Security Alliance and NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, host free virtual event

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#beidentitysmart–With the increased focus on Zero Trust, the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the NIST National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) are joining forces to provide insights into real-world Zero Trust deployments in both the public and private sector, as well as resources available to help organizations adopt a Zero Trust approach. The free virtual event will take place on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 from 11-1 p.m. MDT/ 1-3 p.m. EDT.

Adopting Zero Trust, whether mandated by the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, or the shift to a modern security strategy to support remote work, can be tough. Attendees will learn from organizations and agencies who are well down the path of implementing Zero Trust strategies, as they share challenges, opportunities and lessons learned. Creators of leading Zero Trust reference architectures will also share resources available to help guide Zero Trust strategies, including NIST SP 800-207, Department of Defense Zero Trust Reference Architecture and The Path to Zero Trust starts with Identity.


  • Welcome and Introductions – Julie Smith, Executive Director, IDSA
  • Deploying Zero Trust in Public and Private Sector Organizations

    • Den Jones, Director Enterprise Security, Cisco
    • Eric Anderson, Director Enterprise Security, Adobe
    • Brian Campo, Chief Enterprise Architect and Acting CTO, U.S. Department of Homeland Security DHS HQ Office of the Chief Information Officer (invited; pending agency approval)
    • Steven Hernandez, Chief Information Security Officer and Director, Information Assurance Services, U.S. Department of Education
    • Moderator: Lisa Plaggemier, Executive Director, NCSA
  • Zero Trust Reference Architectures and Resources

    • Scott Rose, Computer Scientist, Co-Author of NIST SP 800-207, Zero Trust Architecture, NIST
    • Alper Kerman, Cyber Security Engineer and Zero Trust Project Manager, NIST NCCoE
    • Stefan Lesaru, IDSA Zero Trust Technical Working Group Lead, Big Data and Security Director, Atos
    • Brandon Iske, Chief Engineer (PKI, ICAM, Zero Trust, SDE) Security Enablers Portfolio, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
    • Moderator: Jerry Chapman – IDSA Zero Trust Technical Working Group Member, Co-Author of Zero Trust Security, An Enterprise Guide, Engineering Fellow – IAM, Optiv

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About the Identity Defined Security Alliance

The IDSA is a group of identity and security vendors, solution providers, and practitioners that acts as an independent source of thought leadership, expertise, and practical guidance on identity centric approaches to security for technology professionals. The IDSA is a nonprofit that facilitates community collaboration to help organizations reduce risk by providing education, best practices, and resources.


Julie Smith

Identity Defined Security Alliance

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