The Preferred Way to Protect Government Data
Citizens, security vendors and agencies are in agreement that protecting sensitive data is a must. But it is a continuing challenge, with the definition of success constantly changing. As a recent report from Deloitte noted, the challenge of implementing effective government cyber security is an "obstacle to long-awaited digital transformation". The security vendor Thales notes that "external threats are becoming more menacing and sophisticated".
The topic itself is extremely complex, including protecting databases and servers in data centers, locking down endpoints (like laptops and notebooks), and educating employees about everyday social engineering threats (clicking on destructive malware on a website or answering a malicious email).
In addition, government workers must be mindful about how secure their everyday network communications are. To keep communications private and secure, government workers access various levels of secure networks.
Examples of protected information networks include NIPRNet (private IP network), SIPRNet (classified), and JWICS (top secret).
Government and military workers often use virtualization tools at the endpoint to most best access these networks. Today, the preferred virtualization tool is SecureView, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and implemented by NCS Technologies.