Dell Offers a Peek at Project Fort Zero Solution
by D. Howard Kass • May 26, 2023
Dell Technologies has introduced Project Fort Zero, an end-to-end zero trust security solution for organizations to protect against cyberattacks that’s part of the vendor’s portfolio expansion.
Accelerating Zero Trust Adoption
Project Fort Zero is intended to build on Dell’s Zero Trust Center of Excellence and partner ecosystem to accelerate zero trust adoption. Dell said it will deliver a validated, advanced maturity zero trust solution within the next 12 months backed by an ecosystem of 30 technology partners.
Herb Kelsey, Dell government industry chief technology officer, explained that integrating zero trust across is a “complex” challenge.
“Zero trust is designed for decentralized environments, but integrating it across hundreds of point products from dozens of vendors is complex – making it out of reach for most organizations. We’re helping global organizations solve today’s security challenges by easing integration and accelerating adoption of zero trust.”
The fully configured Project Fort Zero solution aims to lower the barrier to zero trust adoption, Dell said. Dell will take on the technology integration and orchestration that typically falls to individual organizations across several vendors, reducing the estimated time for advanced zero trust adoption through a private cloud.
Dell said the solution will be validated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). To achieve validation, a government assessment team will evaluate the Project Fort Zero solution for advanced maturity accreditation and certify compliance against the DOD Zero Trust reference architecture.
Project Fort Zero supports a number of use cases, including:
- In on-premises data centers for organizations where data security and compliance are paramount.
- In remote or regional locations like retail stores where secure, real-time analysis of customer data can deliver a competitive advantage
- In the field where a temporary implementation is needed in places with intermittent connectivity, like airplanes or vehicles, for operational continuity
Dell Expands Security Portfolio
Dell is also expanding its security portfolio with Product Success Accelerator (PSX) for Backup, a service to help organizations protect and recover data in the event of disruption. The service is intended to streamline the implementation and maintenance of backup environments to enable data recovery. It follows Dell’s release of PSX for Cyber Recovery, which implements and helps operationalize an isolated cyber recovery vault.
Organizations can choose from three levels of backup or cyber recovery based on their needs:
- Ready includes planning workshops, configuration of a validated backup or vault environment, a success plan, a runbook and outcome-based skills training.
- Optimize adds quarterly assessments, improvement recommendations and assisted restore test simulations.
- Operate adds ongoing operational assistance to meet the solution’s performance objectives. Highly skilled experts monitor and investigate alerts, initiate corrective actions and help with restore tasks at the customer’s direction.
Dell said the Project Fort Zero will be available to public and private sector organizations within the next 12 months. Product Success Accelerator for Backup is now available in locations across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.