Governance & Risk Management

Deciphering What 'Zero Trust' Really Means

Jack Koons of Unisys on Defining a Highly Subjective Term
Jack Koons, technology evangelist and chief cybersecurity strategist, Unisys

"Zero trust" is arguably the cybersecurity buzzword of 2019, but what exactly is it? Is it a tool? Is it a capability? Is it a philosophical journey with no endpoint? Or is it all of the above? Jack Koons of Unisys explains why zero trust is a highly subjective term based on corporate risk appetite.

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In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Fraud and Breach Summit in Washington, Koons discusses:

  • How the term zero trust has evolved;
  • Why zero trust is like balancing the accelerator and brakes on a car;
  • How companies need to view zero trust through the lens of their own risk appetite.

Koons is technology evangelist and chief cybersecurity strategist at Unisys Corp. He’s a Unisys global security solutions customer advocate, working with worldwide commercial, public sector, and national security information technology communities to further develop, refine and operationalize requirements and capabilities across the technology and security spectrum.

About the Author

Nick Holland

Nick Holland

Director, Banking and Payments

Holland, an experienced security analyst, has spent the last decade focusing on the intersection of digital banking, payments and security technologies. He has spoken at a variety of conferences and events, including Mobile World Congress, Money2020, Next Bank and SXSW, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, MSNBC, NPR, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, The Economist and the Financial Times. He holds an MSc degree in information systems management from the University of Stirling, Scotland.

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