A recent Swimlane report analyzed federal agencies' adoption of zero trust following a 2022 executive order. The research investigated the confidence level of these agencies in meeting federal requirements and the tools leveraged to overcome challenges in adopting the key components of a zero trust architecture.

According to the report, 67% of government agencies are confident or very confident they are prepared to meet the zero trust requirements laid out by the U.S. government’s Memorandum M-22-09. When asked how agencies are arming themselves with the tools needed to meet all the criteria of implementing a zero trust architecture and solve the sophisticated security challenges, 64% of federal agencies said they are choosing low-code security automation.

Security teams within the federal government are expected to investigate and remediate thousands of alerts daily while keeping up with evolving mandates. The report found:

  • 83% of federal agencies report having security team positions currently open.
  • 64% of federal agencies report it takes longer to fill a security position now than it did two years ago.
  • One-third (35%) of federal agencies believe they will never have a fully staffed security team with the proper skills.

Ninety-nine percent of agencies cited benefits to low-code automation platforms, including the ability to address all security automation requirements while relying less on coding skills.

On the other hand, more than nine-out-of-10 federal agencies are finding that no-code solutions do not support cloud or hybrid environments and lack important reporting and case management features.