by Matt Oberhofer, Systems Engineering Manager, for NextGov

The recent sophisticated attacks on multiple federal agencies by nation-state hackers demonstrate that new approaches are required to protect federal networks and IT infrastructures. 

Trusted Internet Connection 3.0, managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is needed now more than ever to strengthen cyber defenses in a world in which the network perimeter has become increasingly more amorphous.

TIC 3.0 Building Blocks

The transition to cloud and mobile environments, along with the increase in remote workers across the nation, heightens the need for cyber protection that can address agencies' distributed network requirements, including branch offices, remote users and service providers.

Network connectivity is the foundational phase for agencies preparing for TIC 3.0. IT and security teams will need the right building blocks to accommodate a range of use cases. Operations teams will have to understand how network traffic and data transfers to and from remote offices and workers will perform in the new paradigm.

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