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The New Data Center Firewall Paradigm

IDC Government Insights

Improving Federal Information Access Security with FIPS-Certified Solutions (November 2011)


Network security incidents within the U.S. federal government have increased 650% over the past five years, according to a 2011 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO-12-137), endangering the implied confidentiality and integrity of sensitive government information. At a time when many agencies are moving toward cloud-based solutions for many IT needs, they are obliged to rethink their approach to system access control. This paper, sponsored by F5 Networks, explores how agencies can effectively control who has access to systems and information while still ensuring IT services and remotely-hosted applications remain readily available to valid users.

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