Federal Agencies Set Sights on Security at AFCEA Cyberspace Symposium

This month’s AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2017 drew more than 2,300 registrants to Colorado Springs to learn how to better fight the ongoing cyber security war.

In his opening keynote, Lt. Gen. Bill Bender, the Air Force’s CIO, said the federal government is so busy putting out fires that it’s hard to update systems and plan to meet current cyber security challenges.

As nation states and threat actors sharpen their cyber skills and set their crosshairs on the U.S., keeping the lights on often becomes the top priority.

“What are we going to do to fight today’s adversaries when we’re busy fighting fires?” Bender said, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

It’s a common problem felt throughout the federal government: how do you innovate and proactively protect against threats when day-to-day firefights take up valuable time? At the same time, legacy systems are no longer adequate to fight today’s sophisticated cyber battles.

At the Symposium, A10 Networks was on-hand showcasing our cyber security one-two punch to help federal agencies defend their networks and their applications against modern threats, specifically malware concealed in SSL encrypted traffic and large-scale multi-vector distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

A10 Thunder SSLi series’ “break and inspect” capability gives federal agencies a mighty weapon the war against malicious encrypted traffic. Thunder SSLi allows encrypted traffic to be offloaded, decrypted and inspected before it is re-encrypted and sent to its destination. This helps uncover any threats that may have been cloaked by SSL encryption. That level of insight has become imperative in the federal space, as roughly 42 percent of a federal agency’s inbound web traffic and 32 percent of their outbound traffic is encrypted.

Thunder SSLi is FIPS-validated and features 100 GbE interfaces and integrated HSM(s).

Along with Thunder SSLi, A10 showcased A10 Thunder TPS, which helps federal agencies combat DDoS attacks, including IoT-born attacks. Thunder TPS integrates easily into your network and security architecture to keep DDoS attacks out and to keep your networks and applications running uninterrupted. It’s your first line of defense against DDoS attacks, detecting and mitigating them at the network edge and blocking multi-vector DDoS attacks before they can wreak havoc.

Learn more about how A10 Networks helps you defend your applications and combat cyber security threats.


March 1, 2017

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