Security Holds the Key to Government Mobility

Eric Martinis, EVP Federal, Presidio
12/02/14 at 02:33 pm

If you live in the Washington DC area, you most definitely travel the George Washington Parkway. It’s a beautiful, scenic drive bordering the Potomac River on one side and the State of Virginia on the other. There are no shoulders and the vegetation is lush and green.

Along the route—just after the Key Bridge into Georgetown and before the on-ramp to the 495 beltway— there’s a sign that tells you the CIA building is close by. I’ve only seen it in movies because there are huge warnings that unless you are an employee, then you cannot exit. When I first moved to the area and had a Motorola flip phone, I noticed whenever I passed that through my calls would drop.

To this day, you know your call will drop at some point on the Parkway. It’s hard to tell (and no one will probably know) if it’s because of bad cell service or the CIA is somehow jamming drivers on their cell phones as they pass by. Hopefully, it’s the latter. Our three-letter federal agencies have the smarts to do just that.

As is the case with the CIA, mobility security is an increasingly hot topic for just about every government agency in the world. Everyone carries at least one smart device and most likely two or three. Multiply that by the amount of employees in your organization and things can get a little scary!  

If you are considering a mobility solution for your organization, you’re probably in the midst of asking the basic upfront questions—Why deploy mobility and why now? What concerns and roadblocks should I expect? Who can help me get started?

It might help take a look at how people in organizations like yours are addressing their mobility initiatives:

  • Mobility continues to evolve—59% of CIOs have initiated company-wide mobility initiatives, and 75% rate mobility among their top five priorities (Accenture 2013 CIO Mobility Survey).
  • Security is still the number one obstacle (64%) to mobility deployment (Cisco Mobility Survey 2014).  

For a better understanding of the business value ISE delivers, check out the Forrester TEI for ISE report, which reveals the strong return-on-investment. Also keep in mind that the solution is not just ideal federal agencies—it also works cost-effectively for state and local governments as this video demonstrates: Secure Mobility in State and Local Government.

By enabling secure mobility solutions, ISE makes it easier for federal, state and local governments to remain operational at all times. And that’s an important factor when disasters, inclement weather, power outages and health pandemics strike.

To find out more about how Cisco ISE and Presidio can help your organization solve the mobility security challenge, read more about our latest Cyber Security Solutions and Assessments