Bob Fortna, president of Fortinet's federal business, wrote in a GCN article published Tuesday that federal agencies should implement a security-driven networking strategy to speed up cloud adoption and information technology modernization.
Such a strategy “involves tightly integrating network and security functions, allowing security to dynamically adapt as networks scale rather than reacting to change and creating temporary gaps that can be exploited,“ Fortna wrote.
A security-driven network approach will require organizations to consider security as key to network updates; determine baseline performance requirements; identify specific resources and dataflows; and establish security requirements for on-premises and cloud environments.
To support a security-based networking strategy, Fortna called on agencies to consider deploying next-generation firewalls to speed up their move to the cloud and mitigate challenges when linking data centers to the cloud.
“Leveraging a security-driven network approach through the use of advanced next-generation firewalls, IT teams can establish a single, cohesive security strategy across their entire distributed network,“ he added.