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Today, cyber security risk is always present and some of it must be accepted. The simple truth is that we can’t have networks that are 100 percent secure.

Or, to put it another way, we live in a post-breach world.

The exploits are coming faster than industry can respond. But we’re getting better at defending our network assets. We’re faced with malicious code, unauthorized access, improper use, and a host of other issues. The attack surface is getting larger all the time, too.  BYOD (bring your own device) and cloud services add another dimension of consideration as we strive to keep our networks secure from nation states, hacktivists, insiders and cybercriminals. Some 80 percent of exploits leverage vulnerabilities that are known or weaknesses in configuration management.

For those not familiar, Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring (CDM) outlines a three-phased approach to risk management. Blue Coat’s security approach offers an enhanced enterprise level cyber security platform to support federal agencies’ single security architecture while enabling new application and mission objectives.

To read more, visit Federalblueprint.com. And to watch an insightful, five-part video series featuring executives from the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Blue Coat on how their agencies are keeping their networks secure, click here.

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