The demands on agency networks have grown over time, and they have never been more strained than they are today. That’s because of increased security threats, more people working from home, greater need for collaboration, and the need to incorporate and manage more edge devices, among others. Yet many agencies today still rely on older networks that can’t provide the performance, flexibility and scalability required to complete their missions today. An SD-WAN approach addresses all of these issues. In addition, it will help agencies adopt TIC 3.0, a federal cybersecurity initiative intended to enhance network and perimeter security across the federal government.
There is no recipe for digital modernization. What works for one agency may not work for another. And that is at the heart of why the path toward modernized services and technology infrastructure is wrought with challenges, failures, and gaping potholes that agencies, and really most organizations, fall in time and again. The one common thread that cuts through successful projects seems to be leadership. In this Swish and Riverbed sponsored edition you’ll read about specific agency digital transformations.
Privileged credentials for various types of IT administrators provide elevated access and permissions across accounts, applications, and systems. In many ways, however, all users with access to government applications and data have privileged credentials, especially while they are actively accessing government resources. When these credentials are abused, hackers can have free rein to move laterally within the environment, stealing data, changing settings, and doing damage. Learn how Swish can help you manage privileges securely with universal privilege management.
With more employees working from home and multiple cloud infrastructures at play, federal agencies are turning to adaptive cloud security solutions to keep systems and staff safe.
Digital transformation, requires networks and applications to perform at peak levels. To ensure performance you need visibility into IT assets and the ability to share that visibility with key stakeholders throughout the organization. By leveraging platforms that deliver performance knowledge, personnel in agencies’ NOCs and SOCs can leverage detailed insights into problems to provide just the right fix—quickly, before outages or degradation of services impact the mission, employees, or citizens. With a unified view of performance across the network and applications and the collaboration of teams, agencies are much more efficient in finding problems, faster resolving them and more effective in alleviating issues, such as cyber risks.
Use this assessment to evaluate your team and organization’s culture type based on Westrum’s Typology of Culture. Answer the questions in this assessment to find out your cultural type.
Moving to a hybrid cloud framework can be addressed with a tried and true three-step process as discussed in this Executive Insight with Swish and NetApp. The process starts with laying the right foundation with the right storage architecture. The next step is synchronizing data across all environments; on-premise, multi-clouds, and into cloud-based applications. The third step is monitoring the data to ensure that you are getting value from it.
The demands on agency networks have never been greater than they are today. The strain is due to many factors, including greater use of productivity-enhancing tools for collaboration; a move to cloud-based, bandwidth-hungry applications; and an overall need for greater flexibility, scalability, and performance. The abrupt shift to remote work due to the current pandemic has only escalated network strain, which has further increased congestion, network bottlenecks, and capacity issues.
For organizations leaning into the digital future, the challenge is making sure cybersecurity protocols — prevention, detection and remediation — adapt to and match the dynamism and complexity of modernized IT landscapes and emerging cyberthreats. To learn more about these challenges, GovLoop partnered with Swish Data and Check Point Software Technologies to conduct a survey about agencies’ strategies against cyberthreats. It yielded a community snapshot of 50 federal employees who shared the current state of cloud security at their agencies, their pain points when handling cyber threats, and what they look for in a cloud security solution.
A substantial number of the 2.1 million employees that comprise the federal workforce transitioned to a work-from-home environment during the early months of the pandemic. Now organizations must assess the benefits of reopening, especially if their workforce can achieve mission objectives remotely. A new poll by Government Business Council (GBC) suggests that most federal organizations have transitioned with moderate success to a work-from-home environment.
Traditionally branch offices and individual users working remotely, have taken poor network and application performance for granted. They recognize that the enterprise network was designed with the assumption that everyone would be working within the network perimeter. But that’s no longer the case. Increasingly, agencies are turning to Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WANs) to provide better services to the extended enterprise – without compromising on either performance or security. Learn how SD-WAN can help your agency.
The COVID-19 crisis has shifted the conversation in the direction of transformative solutions, such as software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) aligned with Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0. During the pandemic, the number of mobile workers and telecommuters in government has risen sharply, a big bump in what has otherwise been a long-term uptick. The trend toward more outward-bound government operations – offices, workers and service delivery – has been ebbing beyond traditional boundaries for years. To learn more about this evolving environment, GovLoop partnered with Swish and Riverbed to survey the government community.
The core of remote support is seeing and controlling remote devices. With BeyondTrust’s Remote Support, you can see your customer’s screen and fully interact with the remote desktop. This enables you to troubleshoot and fix systems on or off your corporate network. With robust features like remote control and screen sharing, unattended access, annotations, file sharing and remote mobile device camera sharing, you can support your end users and their devices as if you were there. With Remote Support’s thick client, browser-based console or mobile app, you can provide support anytime, anywhere.
The inability to see what users are experiencing as they interact with applications negatively impacts mission attainment for many government agencies. In trying to solve the lack of visibility problem, many agencies find themselves with too many tools and too few solutions. While Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) and Application Performance Monitoring (APM) are mainstays, both approaches leave a visibility gap. Neither address what the end user is truly experiencing.
Pushed on by policy, public relations incentives, and opportunities for cost savings, government leaders in IT and other management roles are increasingly looking to accelerate the pace of modernization and, in particular, application adoption in their agencies. How quickly have federal agencies seen technology adopted at the organizational and individual team levels? What separates successful efforts from ones less likely to make an impact? To answer these questions, Government Business Council (GBC) randomly surveyed 694 federal government employees.
Government missions depend on high-level app and network performance. Agencies need to be able to gauge performance everywhere, at all times, across a complex web of legacy, mobile, cloud and shadow IT components. But agencies struggle with real-time end-to-end visibility into pain points and areas of underperformance. This means it can be difficult to quickly detect, diagnose and defeat problems before they impede productivity. To better understand why agencies need deeper visibility into the end user experience, GovLoop partnered with Swish Data and Riverbed.
Improving mission readiness and execution – goals agencies are under pressure to meet – requires greater operational agility, more effective communication and collaboration, and higher-level predictive and analytic capabilities. These capabilities provide agencies the means to triage, mitigate and predict threats in real time – and to quickly find and fix mission-critical issues. With effective cloud infrastructure and monitoring capabilities in place, agencies can get to the real payoff of maximizing the mission.
A frequently overlooked aspect of migrating to the cloud is the management of application performance during and after a move. Understanding how a migration might affect operations downstream provides crucial insights into how agencies are digitally transforming their missions, to include improving workforce productivity and mission velocity. Swish’s End User Experience (EUE) managed services, powered by Riverbed Aternity, help agencies gain unique performance insights, whether they are undertaking an initial journey to the cloud or have been down that road multiple times.