Posted by Mike Boyle, VP Sales, TCC

I recently read a good article on the StateTech Magazine about four trends to watch in state and local government.‘SUBSCRIBERS-0-0-Y_CTRL_D

The first trend mentioned in the article is “modern workspace management”.  James Collins, general manager for state and local government at Microsoft, and former CIO of the state of Delaware states “We’re coming to that time when instead of deploying individual devices with individual operating systems, people just connect to a server in the cloud from whatever device they’re using, and it gives them a session,” Collins says. “It looks like their familiar desktop and allows them to do everything they need to.”

This allows government employees to access the resources they need from anywhere at any time, in a familiar manner, increasing productivity and worker satisfaction.

The second trend noted is “identity and access management”, and it is a trend for a second year in a row. The article states “Identity and access management solutions generally provide employees with a single sign-on, empowering them to access vital solutions for their day-to-day work. Government IT administrators can seamlessly provision these resources and allocate access to specific employees.”

Better identify and access management solutions mean that administrators gain visibility into devices and applications coordinated through modern workspace management, and employees can log into a centralized portal for authentication while experiencing the same familiar procedures for logging in to a digital workspace.

Hybrid cloud and data management” is the third trend discussed in this article. The hybrid cloud, where some data is stored on-premises, and some is stored in the cloud, has become popular to some agencies looking to move some operations to the cloud. With this solution, state employees are able to access data stored in the cloud on demand from any location, potentially producing remarkable efficiencies in their work.

Digital workspaces and identity management solutions work across cloud service providers to pool solutions from various resources. These types of solutions can potentially enhance agencies’ operational efficiency by providing scalability.

The final trend discussed in this article is “security information and event management”, or SIEM.  Security is of the utmost importance for all information systems, especially those that house sensitive data.

The article states “To help secure these resources, agencies are increasingly turning to security information and event management, a centralized means of collecting events and alerts. SIEM aggregates and analyzes data from multiple systems to identify anomalous behavior and flag potential threats. These capabilities are particularly helpful when orchestrating resources across various service providers in a hybrid cloud environment.”

Among state and local governments, “different organizations have procured and are using different products and even technologies,” says Jim Richberg, Fortinet’s field CISO for the public sector. “SIEM becomes especially useful in those kinds of highly varied environments: It tends to be designed to deal with input from different kinds of platforms and from different vendors. SIEM does a good job of pulling together different kinds of data.”

Together, these four trends indicate that state governments will capitalize on the power of centralized unified account management, while incorporating more hybrid components into their digital workspaces.

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