From GCN:

…The use of vendors to provide zero trust services is “unavoidable,” said Brandon Pugh, a policy director and resident senior fellow for the Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team at the R Street Institute think tank. 

But the federal government can help states prioritize their resources and help them make “hard decisions” about where to hire in-house or contract employees, he said, adding that the feds should continue with workforce development initiatives and use those to encourage more people to join public service rather than the private sector.

Even with more robust zero trust strategies at the state level, both Pugh and Richberg said filling those cloud security roles will “take time.”