On Wednesday, June 29, cyber security and digital advances took center stage at the Citrix Security Summit for Government.

Presented in partnership with Microsoft, the summit brought together a number of key data security leaders including U.S Chief Information Officer Tony Scott, Microsoft Federal Civilian Chief Technology Officer Kent Cunningham, and Citrix Chief Information Security Officer Stan Black to discuss the future of creating and sustaining a safe and secure digital environment. The summit underscored that protecting our networks and data is no longer just an IT challenge, but a mission challenge – particularly for federal agencies leveraging sensitive government data.

During his keynote address, Scott challenged the audience – representing federal, state and local government agencies – to continue pushing for better and improved security of apps and data.

“Washington has great ideas, but we don’t have great implementation,” Scott said, continuing on to say this implementation planning is where the rubber meets the road in bringing America’s next great ideas to life.

Additionally, he cited outdated infrastructure as a top 21st Century security challenge and tasked summit attendees to continue working to build and implement more advanced security solutions each day.

Black followed Scott’s remarks, noting that too often in today’s security environment, agencies layer multiple security measures to try to solve for current problems rather than moving to a comprehensive solution.

“We can’t fix a symptom; we must go after the cause,” Black said. “We need to look at the root problem and solve that, not layer security on top of the problem.”

Attendees also heard from a panel of experts who shared the ways in which Citrix and its products are helping them achieve success by streamlining the secure transfer of their apps and data. Deputy Director of the Health Information Technology Directorate of the Defense Health Agency Commander Cayetano (Tony) Thornton said Citrix offerings are enabling him to “deliver world-class care” to military members stationed abroad.

“Citrix is helping to ensure medical health records for our men and women overseas are accessible at the very end of the spear, at the tip and moment of care,” Thornton said, emphasizing the importance of maintaining this secure data pipeline for the health and safety of America’s servicemen and women.

Citrix National Director for State & Local Government David Smith, who joined Thornton as a panelist, said that in an age of security challenges around every corner, governments at all levels are re-examining the way they do business.

“State governments are currently taking a look at their app landscape to determine what’s useful and questioning whether there are ways to do things better,” he said.

While the panelists agreed it can be difficult to implement new ways of thinking across agencies, Sudhir Verma, Accelera Solutions Vice President of Cloud and Virtualization, offered some encouraging words, as well as a challenge for attendees:

“For government agencies, the cloud adoption has to happen because in the private sector, consumers are requesting anywhere, anytime access. And the good news is today, we are seeing a fast adoption rate by government agencies. Mobility is here to stay. The onus is on us for how we will present this to our end users.”

This year’s Citrix Security Summit for Government offered attendees a nuanced look at the current security landscape from diverse perspectives, hosting a number of detailed discussions on the challenges faced today along with a number of forward-looking solutions government agencies can implement today.

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