By Rob Chee, Iron Bow Technologies
Cloud computing has revolutionized the way we do business. There’s no doubt that how we work now is built around the efficiencies and mobility afforded by the cloud.
While the adoption of cloud has brought incredible benefits to government, like any new technology it comes with shifting standards for cyber security. Because of this, it’s vitally important for agencies to understand how modernizing away from traditional data centers should change their security posture.
With shrinking budgets and an overstretched IT workforce, it can be difficult for agencies to simultaneously move workloads into the cloud, update security measures across the network and still be able to focus on mission-critical goals.
Beyond that, cloud computing includes environments as varied as simple software as a service (SaaS) products to whole infrastructure as a service (IaaS) networks. Because of that, IT departments need to look through every segment to search for gaps in cloud security.
Thankfully, agencies don’t have to do all of this alone. The public sector can leverage private partnerships to bring the most innovative technology to our government systems.
Commercial companies have more time and money to research and analyze the latest cyber threats and also employ the talent to stay ahead of the next impending attack.
Through a managed services model, the government can leave cloud security to the experts. It’s tough enough getting a new system up and running, but then dealing with an entirely different world of threats can be overwhelming.
At Iron Bow, we immerse ourselves in the world of cyber security—more than just understanding the latest threats, we also predict how future risks could exploit the essential workloads and sensitive data being transferred through federal agencies every day.
Our partnerships with leading edge companies like Cisco have spent countless hours and vast amounts of money creating security solutions that work with each unique part of a comprehensive cloud network.
Cisco’s endpoint security portfolio includes three industry-leading solutions—Cisco AMP for Endpoints, Cisco Umbrella and Meraki Systems Manager—to offer protection against advanced malware and threats.
AMP for Endpoints protects the end-user devices connected to the network. With the massive increase in Internet of Things devices in the workplace, this kind of security is critical. Cisco’s endpoint security solution prevents breaches and blocks malware at the point of entry, then continues to watch, analyze and record file activity.
Cisco Umbrella provides more “big picture” security. It provides visibility across all devices connected to the network including other office locations and roaming users. All of this is controlled through Cisco’s Meraki Systems Manager—a cloud-based solution that provides centralized management, diagnostics and monitoring across the network.
This is just one way agencies can protect themselves from cyber breaches—using technology that’s been developed by some of the best minds in the private sector.
While government has been the driver of innovation in many circumstances, from space travel to the creation of the Internet, the private sector has led the way in cyber security and agencies should leverage its deep institutional knowledge to protect its networks.
Agencies have made incredible gains in network efficiency and reliability by moving to the cloud. This forward movement shouldn’t be lost because cyber attackers are constantly trying to breach government networks. There are ways to protect your systems and we’re here to help.
For more information about how to best secure your cloud environments, check out the new Iron Bow website.