Habib Hourani Solutions Engineer Okta

Okta’s Habib Hourani: TIC 3.0 Guidance, Adaptive Security Model Help Agencies Protect Cloud IT Environments

Habib Hourani, a solutions engineer at San Francisco-based identity management services provider Okta (Nasdaq: OKTA), said the U.S. government is building policy around cloud platforms and an example of that is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s move to release the Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 Interim Telework Guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TIC 2.0 basically advocated a straight line from a user to a trusted connection, but TIC 3.0 is a more flexible framework that recognizes the increasingly fluid nature of network boundaries,” Hourani wrote.

He noted how TIC 3.0 provides more flexibility to agencies by allowing them to use policy enforcement points, add new network zones, facilitate risk-based tolerances and transition workloads closer to end users while ensuring data protection and implementing robust authentication.

Hourani talked about how TIC 3.0 enables agencies to provide an omnichannel experience for their personnel and how agencies transition toward more contextual and adaptive security approaches as they work to better safeguard the cloud using new security techniques and tools.

He added that Okta seeks to help government customers defend a user’s account against threat actors through zero trust while delivering seamless user experiences.

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