Washington, D.C. – Sept 28, 2021 – The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) has selected 49 vendors including IMPRES Technology Solutions to participate in its Zero Trust Lab, a state-of-the-art physical and virtual test environment which will provide Federal agencies with the opportunity to build, test, and evaluate new Zero Trust Architectures in a simulated environment. This will help the Government IT leaders evaluate the true cost of ownership by providing transparency into product deployment processes and multi-cloud capabilities.
Over the past several weeks “a call to action was put in place for the private and public sectors to come together since the release of the executive order as well as, the informal cybersecurity headlines in the news. This working group stepped up and gained momentum that will be a component in raising the floor of our nation’s cybersecurity,” stated Trafenia Salzman, Security Architect at U.S. Small Business Administration and Government Vice Chair of the ATARC Zero Trust Working Group, “I am pretty excited to be a part of something like that, to be a part of bettering us as something united.”
Through unique collaboration between government and industry, the ATARC Zero Trust Lab will showcase technical architectures and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) hardware and software solutions to address the Zero Trust use cases as defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). By enabling this hardware and software evaluation environment, ATARC aims to create a unique space for Federal agencies to better assess software products.
The specific objective of this environment is to create a unique space for agencies to assess software products through 12 different scenarios: remote worker; personal device and public cloud access; satellite office and government-furnished equipment; contract employee and data center at agency’s facilities; contract employee and cloud-based systems; multiple agencies’ interfacing systems in the cloud; multiple agencies’ interfacing systems on premise; multiple agencies’ interfacing systems primarily in the cloud; secondarily on premise; multiple agencies’ interfacing systems primarily on premise; secondarily in the cloud; a combination of previously stated scenarios and fingerprint data; remote users and connectivity issues; compromised credentials; and penetration exercises.
“The overall goal of this Working Group was to create a clear pathway for an agency to be able to implement Zero Trust. This Working Group has educated and connected people to resources and ideas they wouldn’t otherwise have,” added Ms. Salzman.
All-together, the Zero Trust Lab is the state-of-the-art environment that offers testing facilities to government agencies, academic researchers and industry alike. This groundbreaking concept provides a physical and virtual testing facility to set up examination and evaluation of emerging technologies. Join ATARC’s Performers as they walk through their evaluations and concepts at the Zero Trust Lab Performers Presentations, starting October 8th. Contact Working Group Program Manager, Kiersten Patton at email@example.com to be added to this presentation.
Performers involved in the Zero Trust Lab include:
- Palo Alto
- Cisco Systems
- Fortinet Federal, Inc.
- Versa Networks
- ExtraHop Networks
- F5 Networks
- Forward Networks
- Micro Focus Government Solutions
- BeyondTrust Software
- Fidelis Security
- Menlo Security
- Forum Systems
- Ping Identity
- Red Hat
- Trend Micro Inc.
- Vectra AI
- Impres Technology Solutions, Inc.
- Check Point
- PC Matic
- C2 Labs
The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a collaborative forum for government, academia, and industry to resolve emerging technology challenges. ATARC facilitates regular interaction between IT thought leaders within the Federal Government to share knowledge and experiences in their field of expertise and explore and advance the adoption of emerging technology solutions. ATARC also introduces innovative technologies from academic research labs to the Federal Government and private industry. For more information, visit, www.atarc.org.
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