Dennis Reilly, the vice president of federal at Gigamon, said tools like next generation network packet brokers help agencies catch up and get ahead of cyber attackers.
Eva Skidmore, the vice president of public sector for Salesforce, said agencies need to continue to improve customer service and IT modernization together by adopting open platforms and application programming interfaces (APIs).
Joel Jackson, the director of emerging technology for Red Hat’s North America Public Sector group, said all of these approaches bring together the key building blocks of modern software design–cloud, automation and microservices–and underpin federal IT modernization efforts.
Working with UiPath, NASA set up four bots that automatically begin processing grant applications for the employees.
Since its inception in 2013, the federal government’s Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation program (CDM), led by the Department of Homeland Security, has helped agencies discover up to 50 percent more assets inside their systems than they were previously aware of. And they’re able to do it in real time.
The TAA system, part of Symantec’s Advanced Threat Protection product, cuts hours of human analysis out of the process through automation and machine learning.
Jim Walker, director of public sector marketing for UiPath, said 25-to-30 agencies already are taking advantage of RPA to automate menial, repetitive tasks.
Chris Townsend, the vice president of federal for Symantec, said it’s time for agencies to drive that complexity out of their cybersecurity environment and move to a more standard approach.
Randy Wood, vice president of U.S. public sector sales for Akamai, said zero trust is not a new idea, but one that is about five years old. It promotes the simple concept that trust is not an attribute of location, and just because an employee is trusted inside perimeter, it doesn’t mean he or she should be granted access to all the information.
Jeff Reilly, the senior director of the America’s commercial presales for Dell EMC, said SDN lets agencies move faster and become more agile by redefining their infrastructure.
Ellen Sundra, the vice president of Americas systems engineering for ForeScout Technologies, said, like most cybersecurity decisions, agencies need to balance risk and reward when it comes to IoT devices.
Bob Osborn, the chief technology officer of federal for ServiceNow, said agencies can take advantage of cloud in a secure way and reduce the time it takes to deliver mission critical services by accepting and using a hybrid, multi-cloud approach.
Gary DePreta, the area vice president for defense, intelligence and aerospace at Splunk, said many of these challenges can be reduced if agencies and organizations better understand the data around their cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
Red Hat and other open source companies work closely with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) using the secure content automation (SCAP) protocol to automate security controls, the General Services Administration’s 18F organization on configuration lockdown.