Chase Cunningham

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Chase Cunningham

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Translating Security For Small Business

Chase Cunningham August 8, 2019
This week is Black Hat — the annual Hacker Summer Camp, as many folks call it. And this year is the first year in 14 years I haven’t been there. This year, I intentionally took an opportunity to punt on Hacker Summer Camp. Why? I had an invite to speak to a group of small-business […]
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Zero Trust In Action

Chase Cunningham August 8, 2019

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Security So Simple A 10-Year-Old Can Do It

Chase Cunningham June 12, 2019
It’s the summertime, and my daughters are home from school. During the day, this means it’s a constant struggle between them arguing about who is doing what or listening to them laugh at YouTube videos at the top of their lungs while I try to answer work calls as the dogs bark and fight inches […]
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Riding The Wave Of Zero Trust Means That You Must Paddle Out

Chase Cunningham April 15, 2019
Since RSA this year, the drumbeat of Zero Trust across the market has continued to grow louder. Almost daily, the inquiries and conversations around Zero Trust and ZTX are coming in at an ever-increasing rate. That’s a good thing. In truth, most of the inquiries are from end user clients now, vice the vendor side […]
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The Tao Of Zero Trust

Chase Cunningham March 25, 2019
Our framework solves the architectural and operational issues with Zero Trust — namely, how to get started and how to sustain a Zero Trust approach.
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OK, Zero Trust Is An RSA Buzzword — So What?

Chase Cunningham March 11, 2019
Last week was the annual RSA Conference. Estimates are that more than 45,000 security personnel, business professionals, and leaders attended the event, up from 35,000 last year. Regardless of the numbers, it was an epic display of how prevalent cybersecurity has become. As expected, a few buzzwords rang throughout the Moscone Center halls. Artificial intelligence, […]
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Eating Our Own Zero Trust Dog Food

Chase Cunningham February 1, 2019
It is high time for Forrester to demonstrate Zero Trust in a practical application scenario, our upcoming virtual reference architecture project aims to do just that.
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The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem Providers, Q4 2018 — Truth

Chase Cunningham November 15, 2018
We just wrapped up five months of in-depth research focused on providing some clarity into what technologies from which vendors actually enable Zero Trust (not just talk about it). It didn’t take long to discern those among the vendor community that really embraced the strategic benefits of Zero Trust — and those that seemed to just […]
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Computational Propaganda: How Your Organization Could Be Attacked Like A Politician

Chase Cunningham October 18, 2018
Sending malicious payloads and packets is no longer the standard in threat operations. In today’s world of massive social media presence and influence, malicious actors can bring an organization to its knees — 280 characters at a time. This isn’t an attack on your infrastructure but an attack of computational propaganda aimed to shape a divisive […]
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Zero Trust Technology Works; Excuses Don’t

Chase Cunningham September 4, 2018
I have done a few exercises on implementing Zero Trust and Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) in enterprises. The impetus behind these exercises from a strategy standpoint is that the participating organizations have leaders that are Forrester clients and had read, or at least breezed through, the research that has been published on the topic of […]
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Zero Trust Technology Works; Excuses Don’t

Chase Cunningham September 4, 2018
I have done a few exercises on implementing Zero Trust and Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) in enterprises. The impetus behind these exercises from a strategy standpoint is that the participating organizations have leaders that are Forrester clients and had read, or at least breezed through, the research that has been published on the topic of […]
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Security Is Embracing Zero Trust; Get Your Federal Team In Sync

Chase Cunningham August 10, 2018
Historically, industry is more forward-leaning than government when it comes to innovation — at least at the unclassified level. But unlike most industries, the US government is driving the cybersecurity market and has been for almost the last decade. Federal fingerprints are everywhere: Where did cybercompliance start? Where did the first frameworks for cyber operations originate? […]
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Cyber Conferences: It Shouldn’t Be This Way

Chase Cunningham June 7, 2018
I recently saw another posting/photo from a friend in the industry that showed what amounts to “booth babes” at yet another conference; this time it wasn’t in Vegas, it was in Europe. This issue is one of importance in an industry rife with failure on lots of levels, a lack of available talent, and that […]
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The Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone Of Misery For S&R Pros Starts With Startups

Chase Cunningham April 26, 2018
Over the past two weeks, I was at the annual shenanigan bonanza that is the RSA Conference and was also invited to sit on a “Shark Tank” panel for emerging technology startups in Miami. In the span of two weeks, I went from seeing big, well-established companies with massive marketing budgets and millions of dollars […]
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Next-Generation Access and Zero Trust

Chase Cunningham March 27, 2018
A few years ago, the concepts of microsegmentation and microperimeters for Zero Trust were championed by former Forrester analyst John Kindervag. He showed us how those concepts and their technologies could enable a more secure enterprise. Once those concepts and their associated best practices hit the street, organizations from VMware to Cisco Systems to Palo […]
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Zero Trust on a Beer Budget

Chase Cunningham February 7, 2018
I have a good friend who has a small business (roughly 100 employees and two office locations; everything lives in the cloud, no real “network” to speak of) that is doing well. A few weeks ago, over barbecue and range time (some folks play golf, we shoot guns . . . it’s a Texas thing), […]
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What ZTX means for vendors and users

Chase Cunningham January 23, 2018
I am a huge fan of Zero Trust—the simplicity of the concept resonates with clients that read the research authored previously by John Kindervag and more recently myself. The framework’s intrinsic value to security and business processes is readily evident to those who explore how it benefits their security needs.  If we’re honest about Zero […]
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You Deserve What You Tolerate . . .

Chase Cunningham August 18, 2017
After reading through some other blogs and strategy papers over the weekend (don’t judge me; to some of us, this activity constitutes a good time . . . yes, lame . . . I know), I saw what appeared to be an underlying theme across the narratives I’d read: Security tolerates failure. It’s understandable that […]
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Black Hat Buzzword Bingo 2017

Chase Cunningham July 24, 2017
Every year at Black Hat, the buzzword factory is in full swing. Last year the word of the day was Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning (or in the off chance you met with someone who knew what they were talking about, they would call it “AI or ML”).  The year before that, the word of […]
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We Don’t Need Jedis

Chase Cunningham July 7, 2017
Like every other movie buff, geek, or nerd on the planet I am a Star Wars fan.  I think it’s a stellar series (minus the whole Jar Jar Binks thing, anything with that guy in it could be used as an alternative to waterboarding) that has spun a tale for the ages across the better […]
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