Federal agencies are seeking to overhaul their collection of homegrown IT systems and modernize and consolidate legacy IT networks. Governmentwide, secure network modernization is a significant component of the current administration’s overarching efforts to move agencies away from costly and insecure technologies to more modern solutions.
But efforts like these don’t come without challenges, including increased security complexity and lack of visibility as the attack surface expands. To meet these and other issues associated with modernization, agencies are eyeing a software-defined approach to managing wide area networks (SD-WAN) — one that gives them greater flexibility to centrally manage network connections among remote offices in a secure, cost-effective and transparent manner.
To better understand the network modernization challenges agencies face today and why software-defined wide area networks are critical to addressing them, GovLoop partnered with Fortinet, a leader in providing secure SD-WAN, on this report. In the following pages, you’ll learn how SD-WAN supports federal initiatives such as Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) and migration to the new General Services Administration’s (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract.