The SolarWinds hack made national headlines in late 2020. This and other noticeable increases in cyber attacks on government agencies and the private sector have prompted the U.S. government to prioritize modernization and improved cybersecurity.
In a May 12, 2021 executive order, the White House encouraged federal agencies to help improve the nation’s cybersecurity through modernization. According to the order, the U.S. faces increasingly sophisticated and persistent cyber campaigns that threaten the security and privacy of the American people. The executive order went on to explain why small IT improvements will simply not cut it. Instead, the federal government needs to embrace significant changes and investments to ensure they are defending the very institutions that support our country and its people.
The detection, assessment and remediation of cyber incidents is essential to our national security and is a top priority for the current administration. The federal government is leading by example and has set forth a number of requirements and standards for federal agencies to follow that will make great strides in improving nationwide federal cybersecurity practices.
Removing barriers to the sharing of threat information
In the order, the White House called on the private sector to partner with the federal government to strengthen its efforts in detecting, identifying and responding to cyber threats. This initiative will spark a renewed effort to open channels of communication between government agencies and the IT service providers that work with them to better share threat information with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). This information sharing is essential to protecting critical information and furthering advanced cybersecurity measures for our country. CISA urges government agencies to share cyber threat and vulnerability information with them so they can collaborate to better understand and mitigate future threats.
Data center modernization for federal agencies
There is a clear mandate for federal agencies to accelerate their data center modernization to improve security and efficiency to better serve the needs of the American public. One way agencies are solving that need is by migrating their legacy data center operations to a cloud environment.
However, one of the common struggles for any agency trying to implement a comprehensive cloud strategy is the number of trade-offs they are forced to make due to the limitations of most of the existing public and private cloud options for federal agencies. For example, many public and private cloud options may be secure, but that security often comes at the expense of control over the environment.
Power and speed plus security and control
While many of the existing public and private cloud options limit an agency’s cloud strategy options, there are an emerging breed of cloud services available that let agencies combine the power and speed of public cloud with the control and security of an on-premises data center.
No matter where you are in your data center modernization journey, there are several secure deployment options available, including a hybrid cloud strategy with hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). For agencies that need a consistent environment able to scale and adapt for future workloads, HCI can be a great solution. It can also be configured to mirror the same infrastructure and operation stack across a multi-cloud or hybrid environment. This means no more molding workloads to fit either the pubic or private cloud requirements. With a hybrid cloud approach and HCI, federal agencies get the best of both cloud worlds in a model that makes the most sense for their critical mission.
Dell Technologies offers federal agencies VxRail, the only jointly engineered HCI system with deep VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) integration, to deliver a simple and direct path to modern applications and the hybrid cloud with one, complete and automated platform.
To learn more about hybrid cloud and HCI options for government agencies, reach out to one of Sirius Federal’s certified experts today. With more than 25 years of experience modernizing and securing federal agencies’ IT systems, we can help your agency achieve its modernization and cloud goals effectively and cost-efficiently.