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Shannon Sullivan Director of Federal Google Cloud

Google’s Shannon Sullivan: Open-Source Tech, Zero Trust Could Help Agencies Manage Cloud Security

Shannon Sullivan, director of federal at Google Cloud, said government agencies seeking to achieve cloud security and create multicloud environments should establish partnerships with commercial cloud providers, transition to open-source tools and adopt a zero trust framework.

“Tools like Kubernetes offer agencies the ability to operate across multiple cloud vendors, and a zero trust architecture can help create a security regime that operates across cloud environments,” Sullivan wrote.

He cited how vendor lock-in prevents agencies from gaining access to “security updates at the speed of the industry.”

Sullivan mentioned Google’s implementation of its zero trust model – BeyondCorp – and some of the company’s zero trust-based technologies that have helped facilitate the move to telework, including G Suite and Cloud Identity.

He stressed that security drives Google’s approach when it comes to designing hardware, applications and data centers and cited the company’s efforts to “make the internet a safer place for everyone.”

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