How Govplace Approaches Zero Trust

What Is Zero Trust?

A Zero Trust approach is focused on data and service protection that is expanded to include all enterprise assets. These include devices, infrastructure components, applications, virtual and cloud components, as well as subjects such as end users, applications, and other nodes and entities that request information from the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC).

The zero trust security model assumes that an attacker is present in the environment and that an enterprise-owned environment is no different or more trustworthy than any non-enterprise owned environment. There is no assumed implicit trust, so a continuous analysis and evaluation of risks to assets and business functions is conducted to enact protections that mitigate these risks.

What to Consider When Implementing Zero Trust

  • All communication is secured regardless of network location.

  • Access to individual enterprise resources is granted on a per-session basis.

  • No asset is Inherently trusted.

  • All Data sources and computing services are considered resources.

  • All resources authentication and authorization are dynamic and strictly enforced before access is allowed.

The Govplace Approach

There are 6 pillars in the Zero Trust (ZT) architecture: Identities, Devices, Applications, Data, Infrastructure, and Networks

Each of our OEMs provides Zero Trust inherently in the way they are deployed. They could be in the form of role-base access (least privilege) authentication and accountabilities, enforcement at each point for users, devices, and applications on the network. The core of implementing ZT with one or more of our partners ensures that assets are explicitly verified, provided limited access, assume breaches, and verify the legitimacy of the request for access to a resource on the network. Govplace understands the benefits and the challenges of implementing ZT, and with our large range of partnerships, we can provide better integration of multiple solutions to help streamline the end-user experience while maintaining a strong security posture.

While we move to a more cloud-based infrastructure, identity-based architecture is the end goal. The benefits of zero trust are immediate, surpassing good security practices.

Joe Basile, Lead Cybersecurity Solutions Architect, Govplace

Who We Partner With

We partner with specific OEMs that deploy a Zero Trust approach in accordance with NIST 800-207. Due to the multiple layers of the ZT framework, we partner with an extensive list of OEMs for each layer to provide our Federal customers the solutions they need.

At Govplace, We’re Doing Our Part!

Cybersecurity is one of Govplace’s key areas of expertise. Beyond promoting #SeeYourselfInCyber and NCSAM for our own employees, we work every day with our federal agency customers to provide best of breed cybersecurity tools, products, and expert integration services to ensure the safety and security of mission critical systems and data. Our in-house cybersecurity specialists stay current with the ever-evolving federal requirements for enhanced security and compliance, so that Govplace is ready to assist customers in finding and implementing the most appropriate and cost-effective cybersecurity technologies and solutions. We’re doing our part to help our customers across their organizations.

For more information on our cybersecurity offerings, email us at or call 571-429-5190

About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Govplace is proud to participate in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a joint effort between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to raise cybersecurity awareness nationally and internationally. Now in its 19th year, NCSAM continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.