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The new cybersecurity ecosystem unifies the services of 30 companies. It is intended to make adoption of zero-trust easier for both public and private organizations.

Dell announced this week that it is building a cybersecurity ecosystem, comprised of 30 technology and security providers. It is part of an effort by Dell to create a unified zero-trust solution for speedy adoption by companies and public institutions. The new solution is called the Zero Trust ecosystem. is comprehensive and embraces infrastructure platforms, applications, clouds and services.

Herb Kelsey, Federal CTO for Dell Technologies, detailed the new offering in a blog post. “Zero Trust is a cybersecurity framework that automates an organization’s security architecture and orchestrates a response as soon as systems are attacked”, he wrote.

“The challenge, however, lies in implementing a complete solution guided by the seven pillars of Zero Trust“, he added. The “seven pillars” he references help define the zero trust architecture (ZTA) model for cybersecurity. One of these pillars dictates that devices should not be trusted by default, even if they are connected to a permissioned network such as a corporate LAN and even if they were previously verified.

“No company can do this alone”, says Kelsey, who also serves as Dell’s Security Strategy Program Lead.

Simplifying adoption of zero trust security

Dell is building the new ecosystem to “help private and public sector organizations simplify adoption” of zero trust architecture. Kelsey explains.

To help with the effort Dell is working with CyberPoint International and the Maryland Innovation Security Institute (MISI). This has led to Dell offering “best-in-class technology” at the Zero Trust Center of Excellence, which they announced last October.

A “one stop shop” for zero trust capabilities

Capabilities of the Zero Trust ecosystem include continuous authentication, with user access being continuously authenticated with multi-factor authentication (MFA). Any device connecting to a network or accessing a resource is also detected and assessed for compliance status.

Dell’s solution offers continuous monitoring and ongoing authorization through automated tools and processes. These continuously monitor applications and assess their authorization to determine security control effectiveness.

In order to fully integrate the Zero Trust ecosystem, Dell has brought together technology and capabilities from partners including Corsha, Gigamon, Intel, Juniper Networks, MISI, Nomad GCS, NVIDIA, Palo Alto Networks, VMware and others.