Federal IT Network and Security Trends to Watch in 2024

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As we step into the dynamic landscape of Federal IT Network and security trends for 2024, let’s explore the insights provided by the HPE Aruba Networking Federal team. The Federal IT sector has faced significant challenges in recent years, from adapting to IT modernization to countering cyber threats. This year, amid an election season, we present key trends that will shape the Federal IT landscape.

Evolution Beyond Standalone Firewalls For Federal IT Network

Traditional standalone firewalls are becoming obsolete due to the transformative impacts of cloud, mobile, and IoT technologies, coupled with the rise of hybrid work. Agencies are anticipated to adopt the concept of a Secure Service Edge (SSE), delivering security functions from the cloud. SSE enhances security and provides a superior user experience for agency staff and contractors.

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Zero Trust Principles Driving Security-Network Alignment

Zero Trust principles will continue gaining momentum in 2024, with Federal IT Network making solid progress in adopting the Zero Trust 2.0 framework. The National Cybersecurity Strategy and increased funding underscore the nation’s commitment to Zero Trust, necessitating closer collaboration between networking and security teams.

Rise of FedRAMP Authorized, Cloud-Native Networks For Federal IT Network

Network modernization takes centre stage, with 45% of government CIOs increasing funding for digital workplace improvement. Cloud-native networks, backed by FedRAMP Authorization, offer a superior user experience, organizational agility, and improved IT efficiency. These networks pave the way for AI-driven automation, reducing maintenance time and allowing IT teams to focus on strategic initiatives.

6GHz Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi 6E Take Centre Stage for Federal IT Network

The U.S. leads the charge in deploying Wi-Fi 6E, leveraging the 6GHz spectrum for enhanced speed and capacity. HPE Aruba Networking is at the forefront, shipping 1.5 times more Wi-Fi 6E APs than any other vendor. Wi-Fi 6E promises better user experiences for mission-critical applications, high-def video, and virtual reality training.

AIOps Transforming IT Operations

Generative AI, or AIOps, is set to liberate IT administrators, enabling them to work smarter, not harder. AIOps tools become critical for federal IT teams tasked with achieving more with less. These tools provide AI-driven insights and automation, shifting the focus from device-level management to holistic policy definition and application.

5G technology is predicted to have a significant growth in 2024

Private 5G Gaining Traction In Federal IT Network

Private 5G deployments are set to increase, thanks to the availability of fully integrated solutions. Overcoming barriers of complexity and cellular domain expertise, private 5G networks become more accessible to agencies and enterprises. Mason forecasts a 65% CAGR for private LTE/5G networks between 2021 and 2027.

Prioritizing End User Experience Measurement

Delivering a digital-first public experience is a priority for agencies, aligning with the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience policy. Measuring end users’ digital experiences becomes essential, with the adoption of Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) tools. These tools provide real-world telemetry data for proactive testing, faster problem resolution, and continuous improvement.

Conclusion

As we navigate through 2024, the Federal IT landscape is poised for transformation. Embracing innovative approaches, aligning security with networking objectives, and prioritizing user experiences will be pivotal in navigating the evolving digital landscape. If you are part of the HPE Aruba Networking community, we encourage you to engage with us on your networking challenges. We look forward to a year of digital advancements and collaborative success.

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