To improve efficiency and increase client satisfaction, governments continue to adopt digital technologies that modernize their processes and better serve citizens.
Every expansion into new digital technologies (remote employee access, client self-service, Wi-Fi, SaaS, cloud, IoT and more) also introduces vulnerabilities and points where the network can be infiltrated.
In addition, as governments collect and store more valuable data digitally, they become attractive targets for cyber attackers seeking to spy or profit. The result is a cybersecurity arms race in which new attack vectors are countered with new security products.
This comes at a significant cost to governments. Every new solution that helps secure endpoints, SaaS, remote access, or other network areas and functions also adds complexity and cost.
More security products can bestow a false sense of security, since the complexity of many point products can reduce visibility, instead of improving security, for the network and its endpoints. Solutions often add new hardware, which increases Capex costs.
Individual solutions are also individually managed, increasing operational overhead and straining under-resourced security teams. Finally, these solutions function in isolation, making it impossible to leverage insights from the others, speed threat prevention or achieve an integrated view of an organization’s security posture.
As an organization’s digital footprint expands, so do the potential threat vectors. Network and security teams have enough to manage without constant manual security updates, log aggregation, event correlation and security actions from multiple management interfaces.
A recent survey of almost 150 of our customers showed that consolidating multiple security functions on a single platform resulted in Opex savings and, moreover, improved attack analysis.3 These customers deployed an average of 3.2 subscriptions on their next-generation appliances and reported average reductions of:
• 26 percent in the amount of time required to add new rules to manage their firewalls.
• 25 percent in the number of security alerts requiring human intervention.
• 30 percent in the time it takes an analyst to investigate an event in order to drive a technical action to prevent or block an incident.