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Budget Constraints, Network Performance Top Government’s List of Security Barriers

by walkerj ‎04-27-2015 08:37 AM - edited ‎04-27-2015 10:24 AM (11,850 Views)

With breaches affecting government entities from the White House to the Department of State, high profile security incidents have dominated headlines over the past year. In fact according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) recognized more than 46,000 security incidents in 2013. With these issues in mind, it comes as no surprise that a recent Market Connections survey of federal IT decision makers and influencers found that only 26 percent of agencies feel their network data is fully protected. 


While network security is a priority for agencies across the board – 95 percent of respondents to the same survey noted that data encryption was an important concern for their organization – there are a number of barriers agencies face in creating the secure environment they desire. Budget constraints and concerns about network performance rank at the top of government IT decision makers’ lists of why data is not properly encrypted. How can agencies overcome these critical network security challenges?


An important first step is to ensure the encryption solution an agency is using meets its bandwidth needs. While the survey found that 76 percent of agencies are encrypting their data, 62 percent of these agencies are only encrypting to SSL standards. SSL encryption is insufficient to protect the federal government’s sensitive data at common network speeds of 10 Gbps or higher. Agencies need to think not only about their bandwidth requirements today, but the data connection speed that will be required to support needs moving into the future. Although security and network performance are often seen as at odds, this doesn’t need to be the case.


Brocade has offered a solution to this challenge, introducing the first wire speed inline encryption solution for modular routers. The solution addresses the two largest barriers noted in the Market Connections survey by eliminating the impact on network performance frequently associated with encryption solutions and offering a cost effective option for keeping agency networks secure. The module offers eight ports that support up to 44Gbps of encrypted throughput. Learn more about the security solution, here.


The Market Connections survey offers a variety of additional findings related to the impact of security on network performance and important considerations like Suite B certification. To learn more, please visit: