Criterion Moderates Zero Trust Architecture Panel of Federal CISOs at NLIT Summit 2021 October “Small Bytes”

Criterion Moderates Zero Trust Architecture Panel of Federal CISOs at NLIT Summit 2021 October “Small Bytes”


On October 28, Criterion’s CIO Bob Heckman will be moderating a panel entitled, Zero Trust Reference Architecture, at the National Laboratories Information Technology (NLIT) Summit 2021 Small Bytes series. Panelists are:

  • Jerry Cochran, Chief Information Security Officer and Cybersecurity Division Director at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Robert (Rob) Roser, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Data Officer at the Idaho National Laboratory

Zero Trust is the term for an evolving set of cybersecurity paradigms that move defenses from status, network-based perimeters to focus on users, assets, and resources. Zero Trust assumes there is no implicit trust granted to assets or user accounts based solely on their physical or network location (i.e., local area networks versus the Internet) or based on asset ownership (enterprise or personally owned).” Zero Trust requires designing a simpler and more secure architecture without impeding operations or compromising security. The classic perimeter/defense-in-depth cybersecurity strategy repeatedly shows to have limited value against well-resourced adversaries and is an ineffective approach to address insider threats. For example, Zero Trust is designed to protect modern digital environments by leveraging network segmentation, preventing lateral movement, adding layer 7 threat prevention, and simplifying user access control.

This panel will discuss the following questions:

  • Will DOE’s next generation cybersecurity architecture become data centric and based upon Zero Trust principles?
  • Will National Laboratories/Management and Operating (M&O) strategies include Zero Trust as part of creating a more secure, coordinated, seamless, transparent, and cost-effective IT architecture that transforms data into actionable information and ensures dependable mission execution in the face of a persistent cyber threat?
  • Will Zero Trust be used to re-prioritize and integrate existing DOE capabilities and resources, while maintaining availability and minimizing temporal delays in authentication mechanisms?

Participants in the virtual NLIT Small Bytes can log in to watch this panel at 1 p.m. Eastern time. For more information on the event, visit: