North American Government Agency Secures Access


A North American government agency was tasked to consolidate, streamline and improve IT access across government departments.

Challenge


The Government system has between 1,500-2,000 remote users at any given time, and 20,000 users overall. The solution in use couldn’t provide the level of security and agility that was needed. The central services team found that once users accessed a server, they were able to authenticate themselves and go anywhere within the existing systems and servers, opening it up to potential data breaches. The agency needed an alternative solution that allowed them to centrally control all user access privileges.

Solution


Appgate’s Federal Division helped the client deploy a Software-Defined Perimeter solution that dynamically creates one-to-one network connections between the user and the resources they access. Everything else is invisible, including the system itself.

“With more than 20,000 users, this government agency needed to ensure secure access to its shared services. It required a solution to control and simplify remote, third- party and privileged user access.”

Outcome


With Appgate SDP, the agency gained access control for its entire population of remote users. Initially this was for a few thousand users, but because the benefits were so vast, use was increased to all 20,000 users. With the help of Appgate Federal, users are now able to securely access government resources from external locations. Using Appgate SDP, policies control whether multi-factor authentication is required based on a user’s role, location and other attributes. With a Software-Defined Perimeter, the agency is able to grant role-based access, enabling users to work interdepartmentally and increasing productivity through the user community.

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