PC Matic, an American cybersecurity firm, announced that it has been approved to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence’s (NCCoE) (USA) Implementing a Zero Trust Architecture Project.

PC Matic will join seventeen other firms to create practical approaches to developing and deploying zero-trust systems as part of a cooperation with various cybersecurity industry experts. The NCCoE will issue a cybersecurity practice guide for government and enterprise businesses seeking to build a zero-trust architecture based on the methodologies developed by these organizations.

“Since inception, PC Matic has utilized a zero-trust approach to stop malicious cyber threats such as ransomware. Understanding just how effective this framework has been for our own customers, we are very grateful to the NCCoE for the opportunity to contribute to this project. We look forward to working together with the NCCoE and our other project partners to showcase the capabilities of and implementation strategies for zero trust architectures,” said PC Matic CEO Rob Cheng.

PC Matic’s participation in the initiative will help the NCCoE meet the program’s goals:

Showcase an example implementation(s) of a Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) utilizing commercially available technology components that are developed and implemented using the zero trust ideas and tenets outlined in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-207, Zero Trust Architecture.

Show different types of user access to enterprise resources (e.g., data sources, computing services, and IoT devices) across boundaries, from on-premises to numerous cloud environments, all governed by policy-based security constraints managed by zero trust concepts and methodologies.

Publish a NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide, which is a publicly accessible explanation of the practical actions required to develop a cybersecurity reference design that addresses this problem.

“Implementing a zero-trust architecture has become a federal cybersecurity mandate and a business imperative. We are excited to work with industry demonstrating various approaches to implementing a zero-trust architecture using a diverse mix of vendor products and capabilities, and share ‘how to’ guidance and lessons learned from the experience,” said Natalia Martin, Acting Director of the NCCoE.

In response to an open call in the Federal Register, PC Matic submitted its capabilities as it relates to the Implementing a Zero Trust Architecture Project. Following such submission, PC Matic was invited to sign a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), allowing them to participate in this project.