Government agencies are working with smaller-than-usual budgets, learning to do more with less, particularly when it comes to technology. Even the Department of Defense’s (DoD) $38 billion information technology and security budget isn’t enough.
But with this challenge comes the opportunity to create IT economies of scale and leverage technologies across an entire organization. This includes, but isn’t limited to, moving beyond tactical point products which ultimately constrain the effectiveness and efficiency of an agency’s operations.
In order to overcome the limits of component-centric, non-standardized, non-integrated, and non-interoperable capabilities, government agencies must embrace an open and agile “security connected” approach to achieve their difficult goals. Such a design supports the confidentiality and integrity of networks while ensuring high uptime and availability.
A white paper authored by McAfee explores “Security Considerations for the Department of Defense Joint Information Environment” and the merits of such an integrated, agile, and highly available architecture. It also examines how this unique design can enable the DoD’s mission and meet security considerations for the six technical challenges described in the Department of Defense Strategy for Implementing the Joint Information Environment.
Have you experienced similar challenges of your own? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below on how IT security paired with a major architectural modernization can serve as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.