Cloud / June 26, 2017

AWS Public Sector Summit Attendees Want Better Visibility into Cloud Traffic

Updated October 14, 2021.

From June 12-14, Gigamon exhibited at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C., where more than 10,000 government, education and nonprofit technology leaders gathered to discuss the latest in cloud innovations for public sector. The demand for AWS GovCloud—Amazon’s public cloud solution built specifically for government organizations and their unique requirements—continues to skyrocket. Its current customer base includes 2,300 government agencies, 7,000 education institutions and 22,000 nonprofit agencies.

Over the course of the three-day event, we had numerous conversations with IT heads at these organizations about the top challenges they face as they shift workloads towards the cloud. The number one concern we heard from them was the blind spots in their network infrastructure (physical, virtual or cloud) and lack of insight into cloud traffic.

We explained how Gigamon solves this challenge by providing our first-to-market solution that provides pervasive, secure and compliant network visibility into AWS GovCloud for the U.S. region. With it, public sector organizations gain deeper and more pervasive visibility to manage, secure and understand sensitive data and regulated workloads running in AWS, as well as to facilitate compliance with stringent federal operational requirements.

The other big challenge these IT leaders currently face centers around meeting the requirements laid out in the recent Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The new mandate requires them to put together a plan, mapped to the NIST Framework, that addresses cyber gaps and risks and, again, the related ability to secure the cloud was their primary concern. Read the AWS-authored blog and paper on aligning to the NIST Framework in the AWS Cloud to learn more about protecting data across AWS.

In our conversations, we shared with them the Gartner Adaptive Security Architecture, how continuous visibility is the core of the NIST Framework and how Gigamon fulfills this need. To learn more, read our point of view on the Executive Order: “Aligning Agency Cybersecurity Practices with the Cybersecurity Framework.”

After many good meetings, we walked away with all smiles knowing we’re able to help address the key concerns these IT leaders have around network visibility for GovCloud. To date, Gigamon is the market leader in network visibility, with 59 percent market share in the government vertical.[1]

[1] IHS, Network Monitoring Equipment Market Report, Matthias Machowinski, May 17, 2017.

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