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November 8, 2022 | International, C4ISR

Pentagon to unveil zero-trust cyber strategy

Zero trust is often likened to '€œnever trust, always verify.'€ Or, as Pentagon CIO John Sherman put it: '€œYou truly trust no one or no thing.'€

https://www.c4isrnet.com/cyber/2022/11/08/pentagon-to-unveil-zero-trust-cyber-strategy/

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