By Mav Turner, Group Vice President, Products, MSP, SolarWinds
Government networks—like nearly all networks—are growing larger, more complex, and more distributed. As you can imagine, this growth and complexity make these networks much more difficult to manage.
Ah, the good old days, when things were simple. When there were a known number of devices on any government network, and the federal IT pro had a complete understanding of how to secure those devices.
I believe that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a popular topic, in part, because its science-fiction becoming science-fact. IoT promises all of the conveniences of “The Jetsons” without having to push buttons, while threatening to produce the surveillance states of “1984” or “Minority Report”. Unfortunately, it most likely will give rise to the annoying doorways from Douglas Adam’s “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, that have micro-transactional charges per use and in-app purchases that “allow” the door to open after 5pm. For our