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Riverbed Study: Many Federal Branch Offices Unequipped to Protect Sensitive Data

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cybersecurityEighty-nine percent of federal information technology leaders who responded to a Riverbed Technology-commissioned survey said they are worried about cybersecurity of sensitive information at their agencies’ remote offices.

The survey, conducted by i360Gov, found that almost three in 10 respondents reported experiencing a data breach at an agency branch office during the past year, Riverbed said Wednesday.

“Traditionally, federal branch offices and remote sites have maintained IT infrastructures on-site to ensure high levels of performance, but this model is no longer necessary in today’s era of converged infrastructure solutions,” said Davis Johnson, vice president of Riverbed’s public sector business.

The company said 69 percent of survey respondents believe their agencies’ information is more protected at data centers and 43 percent observed their agencies lacking personnel to manage branch office IT operations.

Riverbed aims to help government customers virtualize and consolidate branch office data, applications and servers into a data center through the company’s SteelFusion technology.

The company also designed the platform for organizations to address IT security, application performance and operational efficiency issues.

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