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2018 Government Innovation Awards

Reinventing the TIC

The decade-old Trusted Internet Connections initiative has significantly complicated agencies’ embrace of cloud technology. So when the Office of Management and Budget started to focus on TIC modernization, the Small Business Administration jumped at the chance to find new ways to meet the intent of the TIC requirements without being bound to the standard architecture.

Transforming SBA Cybersecurity via the Cloud

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SBA was one of three agencies chosen in February to conduct a 90-day TIC modernization pilot project. It used cloud-based security tools that were part of existing Microsoft Azure and Office 365 license agreements. For a few tools, SBA officials worked with the company to push preview versions into service to gain access to key functionalities, but no new purchases were required.

The resulting solution creates a comprehensive view of all SBA IT assets so they can be monitored and protected regardless of whether they are on-premises or in any of the agency’s three commercial clouds.

The pilot project was such a success that SBA officials are now sharing their ideas across the government, and more than 30 other agencies have attended demonstrations of the alternative TIC approach.

“This is revolutionary for the federal environment and [could] fundamentally change the way cybersecurity is managed for on-premises and cloud-based IT assets,” SBA CTO Sanjay Gupta said.

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